Big Trouble in Little China

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Big Trouble in Little China is a 1986 American action-adventure movie about a truck driver (Kurt Russell) who gets pulled into a strange and dangerous underworld beneath Chinatown when he tries to help a friend rescue his kidnapped girlfriend.

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Jack Burton (Russell) and his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) head to Chinatown to rescue Wang's girlfriend Miao Yin (Suzee Pai) who has been kidnapped by gangsters. They run across a fight between rival gangs that is interrupted by the arrival of four supernatural figures- Thunder, Rain, Lightning, and their leader, Lo Pan (James Hong). Jack and Wang escape but Jack loses his beloved truck.

Jack and Wang regroup in Chinatown with Wang's friends Eddie (Donald Lee), Gracie (Kim Cattrall), Margo (Kate Burton), and Egg Shen (Victor Wong), who is a powerful sorcerer. They eventually track Miao Yin to Lo Pan's headquarters and break in to rescue her. Although they manage to free a number of imprisoned women, Miao Yin is not one of them and Gracie is also kidnapped during the escape.

Gracie is taken to Lo Pan, who has placed Miao Yin in a deep trance. Lo Pan explains that he must marry and then sacrifice a girl with green eyes to become human again- either Miao Yin or Gracie. His eyes glow, and Gracie is hypnotized. Later, the hypnotized women both survive a "burning blade" ritual, and Lo Pan realizes that since he now has two girls with green eyes, he can marry Miao Yin and sacrifice Gracie and have "the best of both worlds."

Jack, Wang, Egg, and a team of warriors storm Lo Pan's domain to rescue the girls and stop Lo Pan. Jack knocks himself out early in the fight, but Wang finishes off Lo Pan's minions while the girls snap out of their trance. As they attempt to leave, they are confronted by Lo Pan one last time and Jack kills the sorcerer with a knife. They escape in Jack's truck

Later, Jack hits the road and brags about his adventures on the truck's CB radio, unaware that one of Lo Pan's monsters is clinging to the back of the truck.

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