Dir: W.D. Richter | Starring: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd
Review: Dr. Bucakaroo Banzai is a japanese/american rock and roll guitarist/vocalist physicist neurosurgeon test pilot and he has just discovered how to pass thru matter (a mountain) in a modified Ford F-350 pick up. This discovery draws the attention of some some aliens who have been secretly working on an alien craft disguised as members of the Air Force research team. At the same time these aliens mortal enemies from Planet 10 have arrived and they are trying to fend them off as well as steal Buckaroo Banzai’s discovery while he is also unraveling their plan with the aid of his band The Hong Kong Cavaliers and help the aliens from Planet 10. Its a sci-fi action-comedy romp that feels like it belongs in a similar vein to Big Trouble in Little China. Its always sorta cool, moves quickly, and has some fairly funny moments but never flat out comedic. If I had seen this when I was a young kid in the late 80’s / early 90’s I would probably have become a real big fan – it just feels like a great VHS rental.
I enjoy this trailer quite a bit: