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China Girl (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  25 September 1987 (USA)
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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

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

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Krieg in Chinatown  »

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$1,262,091 (USA)
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Richard Panebianco was cast as Tony after Abel Ferrara spotted him in a New York stage play. See more »

Quotes

Alby: What's the matter with you? Fighting with your friends over nothin'?
Tony: He ain't my friend.
Alby: Well he's my friend!
Tony: He just gets me mad with all that shit about the Chinese.
Alby: What do you mean?
Tony: It gets on my nerves.
Alby: Since when are you so sensitive about the Chinese?
Tony: I ain't , it just bothers me alrite?
Alby: Why is that?
Tony: It just does!
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After the credits there is a line: Dedicated to the people of Chinatown and Little Italy. See more »

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Nessun Dorma
From Giacomo Puccini's 'Turandot'
Vocal performed by Rick Christman
Accompanist Maura Waldman
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Okay action flick almost done in by the lack of chemistry between two leads
14 January 2004 | by (New York,NY) – See all my reviews

ROMEO AND JULIET begat WEST SIDE STORY which begat CHINA GIRL. To say the plot of CHINA GIRL is good is stating the obvious: how are you going to improve on Shakespear? Story old as time there are two young lovers who meet at a party and fall in love while dancing together. They come from feauding families. The boy is Italian and the girl is Chinese in this case. They both have friends and family who are hoodlums. They are continually told to stay in thier own neighborhoods, but of course this leads to them sneaking around to meet. Both leads are attractive but not great actors. The thing that annoyed me about this film was the lack of chemistry. Watch the sex scene. Look at the girls face. She does not even seem to be enjoying herself, let alone in passionate rapture. This is the sort of sex scene usually seen in movies about sad, poor, or even drug hazed people. The storyline needs to capitalize on these two being so in love they cant bare to be apart, and thier lack of chemistry muddles this.


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