Chinese Box (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 April 1998 (USA)
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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hui ...
Chaplin Chang ...
Homeless Man
Noel Rands ...
John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia ...
Amanda Everheart
Ken Bennett ...
Russell Cawthorne ...
New Year's Party MC
Emotion Cheung ...
William Wong
Harvey Stockwin ...
Jonathan Midgley ...
Bruce Walker ...


John is an English photojournalist who has spent over a decade in Hong Kong; his friend Jim often crashes in his cramped apartment. John's unrequited love is Vivian whom he aches for but has not the nerve to possess. Concurrent with England's transfer of Hong Kong back to the Chinese, John discovers that he has a rare form of leukemia and has only months to live. So John, Jim, and the disfigured proto-hippy Jean grab a digital video camera and prowl the streets, seeking to document the "real" Hong Kong one last time. Written by Fred Goodridge

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó éjszaka Hong Kong-ban  »

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Opening Weekend:

$97,916 (USA) (17 April 1998)


$2,195,190 (USA) (17 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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When John and Jim stop during the motorcycle ride up the hill, the shadow of a cameraman is visible. See more »


John: Just a week ago all I wanted was to tell Vivian how much I loved her. But now I see that's the one thing I mustn't do. I can't offload my illness onto her, or Jim, or Mary and the kids. I don't want the look in their eyes to remind me I'm dying. I wonder if I can hold out longer than the British. Not that I could be described as an empire.
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An exceptional film
10 December 1998 | by (ojai CA) – See all my reviews

I was unprepared for the wonderful experience this film affords. The metaphor is striking and acceptable. Wang catches the bittersweet essence of the changeover, both at the specific and the generic level.

Li, Irons, and Cheung are superb. The movie is a cornucopia of visual delights. In fact, it probably requires repeat viewing to fully absorb the totality of its impact.

Thank you, Mr.Wang, for a truly unusual piece of work.

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