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China Girl (1987)

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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
Paul Hipp ...
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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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Richard Panebianco was cast as Tony after Abel Ferrara spotted him in a New York stage play. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a line: Dedicated to the people of Chinatown and Little Italy. See more »

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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue With Me
Composed and Performed by Marc Anthony
Song produced by Marc Anthony and Champ Davenport
From the album 'Marc Anthony Thompson'
Available on Warner Bros. Records and Tapes
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West Side Story updated to 1987
23 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Chinese gangs vs. Italian gangs in NYC in 1987. Tony (Richard Panebianco) and Tye (Sari Chang) meet and fall in love. Meanwhile Tye's brother hates all Italians and Tony's friends hate Chinese.

If you've seen "West Side Story" you know how this ends--but a bit more tragically in this movie. Plotwise it's very obvious but it's beautifully done. Filmed with energy, beautifully atmospheric (the sets and lighting are incredible), and full of bursts of ultraviolence. Most of the roles are well acted, especially by James Russo, David Caruso (chewing the scenery) and Russell Wong. As the young lovers Panebianco and Chang are, unfortunately, not that good. In a way it's understandable--he was only 16 when this was made and it's the first role for both. They're both very attractive (Panebianco is pretty buff with a baby face; Chang is delicate and beautiful) but have little to do other than kiss and act like they love each other. That isn't believable either since they have zero sexual chemistry. Still, they are sympathetic characters. Also, in a nice touch, Panebianco shows more skin than Chang in their sex scene.

This is really obscure and it doesn't deserve it. It had almost no release in 1987 (there were no stars to sell it) and was never a big hit on cable or video. Also Chang never made another movie and Panebianco disappeared after making a few more films (Whatever happened to him? He showed a lot of promise.). That's too bad--this deserves a bigger audience. Worth watching on cable or renting.


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