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January 8, 2019

Episode 397: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

Special Guests: Sandy King Carpenter, W.D. Richter
Guest Co-Hosts: Vincenzo Natali, Tony Black

John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986) tells the story of Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), a restaurateur whose finance, Miao Lin (Suzee Pai), gets kidnapped by the nefarious forces of David Lo Pan (James Hong), a seemingly innocent old man who is actually the embodiment of the evil spirit of Lo Pan, a demon who needs a woman with green eyes in order to become corporeal again and begin his reign of terror on earth.

And, there are some other white people involved in the story, too.

Tony Black and Vincenzo Natali join Mike to discuss this bizarre mash-up of Chinese mysticism and American action that only could write.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-Ray
Buy The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China by Tara Bennett & Paul Terry
Learn more about Storm King productions
Learn more about the Big Trouble comic books
Listen to our interview with Gary L. Goldman

Music from the Original Soundtrack recording



  1. I can't believe that you're only now getting to this movie. It just seems like the kind of film you would have covered years ago.

    1. You may have heard that I'm not a big fan. That's why we've done They Live and The Thing before this one. ;)

  2. I just wish Vincenzo had waited until after the interview to play with his collection of chains. Seriously though, interesting discussion on a fascinating 80s fantasy comedy movie.

    1. Seriously annoying. I was thinking "WTF is that sound?!?"

  3. There's an ad about an hour in. It's for a movie podcast with two friends who "shame" each other for not having seen certain films. He mentions the name of it only once in the beginning and his voice goes down and he half-mumbles when he gives the name. I rewound six or seven times to get it and couldn't. I like that he's laid back and low-key and not screaming, but he needs to wake up enough to clearly pronounce the name of what he's selling.