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China Girl (1987)

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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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
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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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The film was shot in 40 days. See more »

Quotes

Alby: The fuckin' Chinese blew up half the block tonight.
Tony: Don't fuck with the Chinese, Alby. They'll fucking kill you.
Alby: Mind your business!
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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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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »

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Walk This Way
Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc. and Uni Chappel Music, Inc.
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The Cinema of Abel Ferrara: China Girl.
15 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

China Girl (1987) was an urban take on the classic Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet (courtesy of Nicholas St. John). The film was directed by the gritty street level film maker Abel Ferrara. Instead of the Capulets and the Montaques, this version involves two crime families (the Italian Mafia and Chinese Triads). Not only is this film about true love but it's about honor and old school loyalty. Instead of trying to follow the source material verbatim, Ferrara re-invents the classic tale.

I happen to be a big fan of Abel Ferrara. His style of film making is very unique and it's greatly missed in Hollywood. We need more directors like him. Someone who not only can make a movie on the cheap but produce a well thought-out film that'll force you to think and look outside the box.

Highly recommended.


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