Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'? | The Tylt

Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'?
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Movies in the 1980s were like totally rad and stuff, especially in sci-fi and fantasy. Blockbusters from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg ruled at the box office but the spread of video rentals and cable gave a second life to a lot of movies that didn’t do well in theaters but became classics anyhow. We’re facing off the best-loved cult films of the time, starting with mystical Chinese action in "Big Trouble in Little China," and rock and roll science in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension." Which do you love most?

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Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'?
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In the first round, Jack Burton and Dr. Banzai beat out a star-fighting teenager and kung fu heroes in Harlem. It's the second round now, and we’re looking at our favorite trucker battling Chinese sorcery versus a rock star scientist defending the earth from aliens. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchup!

#TeamBigTrouble

Many fans argue that “Big Trouble in Little China” (1986) takes place in the same world as Buckaroo Banzai, but where the latter film is goofy science fiction, "Big Trouble" is full of Chinese sorcery and is reminiscent of Hong Kong Wuxia movies. Tough guy Jack Burton (Kurt Russell at his swaggering best) gets roped into a war between gangs and sorcerers while trying to help his best friend and rescue beautiful women with green eyes. Kim Cattrall (later of “Sex and the City”) plays one of the romantic leads. The film is full of clever one-liners, inventive magical fights, and a hero who is easy to root for. A continuation, though not a sequel, is slated to star Dwayne Johnson.

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"It’s all in the reflexes."

Watch the trailer to "Big Trouble in Little China" below.

#TeamBuckarooBanzai

The '80s obsession with all things Asian reached its peak with “The Karate Kid,” but influenced the aesthetics of numerous other films. Buckaroo Banzai (Peter Weller) is a half-Japanese scientist, surgeon, inventor, hero and rock star who fights the Lectroids, aliens from the 8th Dimension. In addition to an amazing cast (Jeff Goldblum, Clancy Brown, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin and more), it entertainingly balances sci-fi fun, camp, and surreal humor. "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension" (1984) sadly never resulted in the promised sequel, “Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League,” but it went on to be a perennially loved film by geeks the world over. 

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"Laugh while you can, monkey boy!"

Check out the trailer to "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai'?
#TeamBigTrouble
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBuckarooBanzai
Own a samurai sword replica
Buy now