I just got my copy of The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China, the only official, comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the making of Big Trouble in Little China, which debuted in theaters on July 2, 1986.
BOOM! Studios is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s cult classic film Big Trouble in Little China with two books, The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China and The Art of Big Trouble In Little China, by authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.
The action-adventure film stars Kurt Russell as truck driver Jack Burton, who helps his friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) rescue Wang’s green-eyed fiancee (Suzee Pai) from bandits in San Francisco’s Chinatown. They go into the mysterious underworld beneath Chinatown, where they face an ancient sorcerer named David Lo Pan (James Hong).
Ms. Bennett and Mr. Terry have assembled a wealth of material, including hundreds of never-before-seen photos, exclusive new cast and crew interviews, filming secrets behind the film’s iconic action sequences, original set designs, and much more! Having played a Wing Kong Guard in the film, I am delighted to have been interviewed for the book. I met many of my cast members at a reunion screening in 2015 at at JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA.
Despite being a box office bomb, a cult following has only grown for John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China. In the thirty years since Kurt Russell’s All-American trucker got dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle for immortality and true love in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the fanbase for this western-cum-martial arts film has kept the memory of Jack Burton and Lo Pan alive. Packed with exclusive interviews and never before seen photos, The Making of Big Trouble in Little China will satisfy the devoted fan’s hunger for details about the Pork Chop Express, The Three Storms, and much more.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: BOOM! Studios;
The Art Of Big Trouble In Little China, an artistic tribute celebrating 30 years of John Carpenter’s cult classic film, has just been released as well.
Packed with exclusive interviews and never before seen photos from the set, merchandise, and original art inspired by the film, including new pieces from the film collectible gurus at MONDO, The Art of Big Trouble in Little China will satisfy the devoted fan’s hunger for more trouble!.
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
TARA BENNETT is a New York Times Bestselling author and entertainment journalist. As an author or co-author, she’s written more than 20 official movie and TV companion books including Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, Fringe: September’s Notebook (an Amazon Best Book of 2013), Lost Encyclopedia, The Art of Ice Age, and many more. Tara is also a contributing writer for SCI FI Magazine, Total Film, Blastr.com, and is a U.S. editor for SFX Magazine. She is also an adjunct TV writing professor at Rowan University.
PAUL TERRY is a bestselling author and award-winning music artist. He has written/edited official publications for the Bad Robot TV shows Alias, Lost, and Fringe, as well as for The Blacklist, LEGO, DreamWorks, Stars Wars, The Simpsons, Futurama, and Sleepy Hollow. Paul is also the author of the Top 10 book franchise. When he’s not writing books, Paul writes music. His film scores include Emily (starring Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones and Emmy-winner Christopher Eccleston) and the highly acclaimed chiller Care. Under his solo moniker of Cellarscape, his records include the award-winning album The Act Of Letting Go.
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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.