August 16 2009

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

Buckaroo_BanzaiThe Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is now 25 years old… and most of you have probably still never head of it.

I wasn’t aware until very late last night that one of my all time favorite movies had been released 25 years ago this week.  The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension was released on August 10th, 1984 and went on to earn a whopping $6,254,148 at the box office.  In other words, it didn’t even make a blip at the box office.

What it did do was launch a cult sensation that still goes on to this day.

The movie is one of the most over the top science fiction films of all time, but in that “This is so messed up, it’s great!” way.  Essentially, Buckaroo Banzai is a half-Japanese/half-American scientist… brain surgeon… musician… and along with his band, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, they take on numerous threats to the world, and are frequently called on by world leaders to help with situations that pop up around the globe.

In this particular adventure (the film even names off a sequel, Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, but it never materialized), Buckaroo has finished an experiment started by his father that will allow him to pass through solid objects and journey through the 8th dimension.  Well, he succeeds, but it leaves him with the ability to see that evil aliens from the 8th dimension have already invaded out dimension and have been here since 1938.  Their arrival was actually documented by Orson Wells famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast, but they later convinced every one it was a hoax.

Other aliens from the 8th dimension come to our world and tell Buckaroo he must help stop the evil ones, and if he can’t do it by their deadline, they will destroy the planet to get rid of the evil ones.

Believe me, I am leaving out a ton of this film’s plot, but you get the basic idea.  And to top it off, it had an amazing cast in Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Clancy Brown and more.  When it finally hit the video rental stores is when it took off and turned in to the cult classic it is now.

Seriously, if you have never seen this movie, which I am willing to bet is a large chunk of you, treat yourself to this true gem of 1980’s cinema.  And, yes, even I, one of the harshest critics of films, forgives every single one of them in this film and just let it wash over me.  Even after multiple viewings I still love it.

I leave you with the original trailer…

And one of the best line of the movie:

No matter where you go, there you are.

– Buckaroo Banzai

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