* ActorAllusion: In the scene where Creator/KurtRussell is attempting to infiltrate the brothel, he is wearing the same outfit that he wore in ''Fiilm/UsedCars''.
* BoxOfficeBomb: Budget, $20 million (not counting marketing costs), $25 million (counting them). Box office, $11.1 million.
* DivorcedInstallment: The film was going to be a sequel to ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension''.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/TheGoldenChild''. Funnily enough, Creator/JohnCarpenter was originally set to direct that film.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In the wedding Scene where LoPan is putting the Needle of Love in Miao Yin, James Hong actually jabbed Suzee Pai too hard. You can see her flinch as he puts it in her.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The first scene was added later at the insistence of Studio Executives who just didn't get the SupportingProtagonist story line. This may explain why it doesn't really fit with the way the movie ends.
* FakeAmerican: Kim Cattrall (English-Canadian) as Gracie Law (American).
** She's also a FakeMixedRace according to WordOfGod as Gracie Law is of mixed Chinese and European descent.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: The film was originally a western, with Jack Burton as a cowboy aiming to retrieve his horse.
* ScrewedByTheStudio: 20th Century Fox barely gave the film any promotion despite positive test screenings and released it opposite ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
* StillbornFranchise: There were plans for a sequel that were scrapped when the film bombed.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JohnCarpenter wanted Creator/JackieChan for Wang Chi, but the producer felt that he lacked box-office draw and his English wasn't up to scratch. Carpenter insisted after seeing ''Film/PoliceStory'', but Chan declined.
** Although Creator/KurtRussell was Carpenter's only choice for Jack Burton, the studio suggested Creator/JackNicholson or Creator/ClintEastwood. Once they proved unavailable, Carpenter was able to cast Russell. Creator/JeffBridges was also considered.