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Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Last Starfighter'?
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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 a galactic hero quest in "The Last Starfighter." Which do you love most?

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In this round, we’re looking at a trucker fighting Chinese sorcery versus a teenager saving the galaxy. Don't forget to click on the bracket below and cast your vote for our other '80s cult film matchups!

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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.

#TeamLastStarfighter

The plot is not unlike mythical stories in which a young hero passes a test to become a savior of sorts. In the case of "The Last Starfighter” (1984), it’s not Arthur pulling the sword from the stone, but rather teenager Alex (Lance Guest) who beats a video game only to become recruited into a galactic war. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s basically the plot of “Future Man” and “Ready Player One.” As with the best of the '80s cult films, there’s a sincerity and optimism pervading the film, making it seriously fun to this day.  

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"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada."

Check out the trailer to "The Last Starfighter" below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite '80s cult classic: 'Big Trouble in Little China' or 'The Last Starfighter'?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamBigTrouble
#TeamLastStarfighter
Own the art of Big Trouble
Buy now