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BOOM! Studios Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Release of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA with the Publication of Two Books, “The Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China” and “The Art of Big Trouble In Little China”

Big Trouble in Little China

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 Official Making Of Big Trouble In Little China, due out in December, is 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.

Kim Cattrall, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (c) Twentieth Century Fox

Kim Cattrall, Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun and Suzee Pai in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (c) Twentieth Century Fox

The film featured Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, Kim Cattrall as Gracie Law, Dennis Dun as Wang Chi, James Hong as David Lo Pan, Victor Wong as Egg Shen, Kate Burton as Margo, Donald Li as Eddie Lee, Carter Wong as Thunder, Peter Kwong as Rain, James Pax as Lightning and Suzee Pai as Miao Yin.

Peter Kwong, Suzee Pai and Kim Cattrall in Big Trouble in Little China. (c) Twentieth Century Fox

Peter Kwong, Suzee Pai and Kim Cattrall in Big Trouble in Little China. (c) Twentieth Century Fox

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).

James Hong as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (c) Twentieth Century Fox

James Hong as Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (c) Twentieth Century Fox

Big Trouble in Little China cast members Peter Kwong, Lia Chang and Gerald Okamura at JANM's Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Ed Miyashiro

Big Trouble in Little China cast members Peter Kwong, Lia Chang and Gerald Okamura at JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Ed Miyashiro

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 last year.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Cast Reunion featured in BLACK BELT MAGAZINE August/September 2015 

Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

Lia Chang and Donna Noguchi in John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China (1986).

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;

ew.com: See exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China

The Art of Big Trouble in Little ChinaThe Art Of Big Trouble In Little China, due out on November 8, 2016, is an artistic tribute celebrating 30 years of John Carpenter’s cult classic film.

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

ew.com: The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China to be published this November — exclusive excerpt

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 EditionShowrunners: The Art of Running a TV ShowFringe: September’s Notebook (an Amazon Best Book of 2013), Lost EncyclopediaThe Art of Ice Age, and many more. Tara is also a contributing writer for SCI FI MagazineTotal 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 AliasLost, and Fringe, as well as for The Blacklist, LEGO, DreamWorks, Stars WarsThe SimpsonsFuturama, 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.

A Big Trouble in Little China reunion with Peter Kwong, screenwriter Gary Goldman, James Lew, George Cheung, James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada, Joycelyn Lew, Al Leong and Eric Lee at JANM's Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Tami Chang.

A Big Trouble in Little China reunion with Peter Kwong, screenwriter Gary Goldman, James Lew, George Cheung, James Hong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada, Joycelyn Lew, Al Leong and Eric Lee at JANM’s Tateuchi Democracy Forum in LA on April 8, 2015. Photo by Marissa Chang-Flores..

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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