A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Panebianco ...
Sari Chang ...
Yung Gan
Joey Chin ...
Tsu Shin
Mrs. Monte
Gung Tu
Enrico Perito
Doreen Chan ...
Gau Shing
Randy Sabusawa ...
Ma Fan
Keenan Leung ...
Ying Tz
Lum Chang Pang ...
Da Shan
Sammy Lee ...


A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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25 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Krieg in Chinatown  »

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$1,262,091 (USA)

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Out of all of the films he has directed, Abel Ferrara has stated that "China Girl" is his favorite. See more »


Tsu Shin: You should have helped me. We could have settle our differences afterwards.
Yung Gan: I warned you not to cross "uncles", what did you expect?
Tsu Shin: I expected my cousin to fight by my side man. I expected you to help me.
Yung Gan: You knew I couldn't.
Tsu Shin: No I didn't. I didn't want to fight the whole world man, I just wanted a piece of the action. We are poor Chinese kids. We got no one to help us.
Yung Gan: We got to get out of here. We'll go back to Hong Kong.
Tsu Shin: Gung Tu would never forgive you.
Yung Gan: It doesn't matter anymore.
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Romeo And Juliet of New York
5 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Shakespeare's eternal tale of young love gets yet another version in China Girl. Despite the racial tensions between the Chinese of Chinatown and the shrinking Italian population of Little Italy, Sari Chang and Richard Panebianco find each other and find love. Now if only those who might become their prospective in-laws will stop the hate.

China Girl was filmed completely on location in New York's neighborhoods of Little Italy and Chinatown. As the film says Little Italy where the fabled fictional Godfather had the Genco Olive Oil company is shrinking block by block as the Italians move out and a huge influx of Orientals move in and expand Chinatown. China Girl was done in 1987 so in twenty years the trend is exacerbated.

Players like James Russo, Russell Wong, and David Caruso have all gone on to bigger and better things, they're certainly more known than the leads are now. Still Panebianco and Chang are an attractive pair of kids.

The soundtrack is typical music from the Eighties in keeping with the times. Don't expect any songs for the ages like there were in West Side Story.

China Girl is a nice retelling of Romeo and Juliet a story that as long as there's life on planet Earth will never go out of style.

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