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Chinese Box -- 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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17 April 1998 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Much better than many people say. See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jeremy Irons ... John

Li Gong ... Vivian

Maggie Cheung ... Jean
Michael Hui ... Chang

Rubén Blades ... Jim

Jared Harris ... William
Chaplin Chang ... Homeless Man
Noel Rands ... John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia ... Amanda Everheart
Ken Bennett ... Rick
Russell Cawthorne ... New Year's Party MC
Emotion Cheung ... William Wong
Harvey Stockwin ... Weeks
Jonathan Midgley ... Jonathan
Bruce Walker ... Bruce
Angelica Lofgren ... Baby-Lin
Julian Chang ... Dr. Chang (as Dr. Julian Chang)
Rui Chao Jian ... Businessman #1
Sing Chau Wai ... Businessman #2
Hung Lu ... Businessman #3
Shirley Hung ... Girlfriend #1
Michelle Yeung ... Girlfriend #2
Hong-Ning Ng ... Drunk Karaoke Singer (as Alex Ng Hong Ling)
Wah Lee Chiu ... Minibus Passenger
Maria Cordero ... Mamasan
Fong Pau ... Godfather
Fan Hui ... Godfather's Wife
Man-Chung Lam ... Wedding Photographer
Siu-Kei Lee ... Gangster #1
Chi On Leung ... Gangster #2
Yuen Fat Tse ... Gangster #3
Roderick Lee ... Manhattan Club Bouncer
Hui Li ... Black Moon Hostess
Maria St. Lynne ... Black Moon Hostess

Josie Ho ... Lilly (as Josephine Ho)
Gloria Wu ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

François Chau ... Mr. Wong

Winston Ellis ... Brian

Turbo Kong ... Ganster

Mike Leeder ... Partygoer

Ralph Lister ... Principal

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

James Huang ... Patron (uncredited)

Kim Penn ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Wayne Wang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière  screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière  story
Larry Gross 
Rachel Ingalls  Jean's story inspired by "Last Act: The Madhouse"
Paul Theroux  story
Wayne Wang  story

Produced by
Reinhard Brundig .... executive producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher .... producer
Francey Grace .... associate producer
Akinori Inaba .... executive producer
Jean Labadie .... executive producer
Heidi Levitt .... co-producer
Jessinta Liu .... co-producer
Andrew Loo .... line producer
Jean-Louis Piel .... producer
Wayne Wang .... producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki .... executive producer
Original Music by
Graeme Revell 
Cinematography by
Vilko Filac 
Film Editing by
Christopher Tellefsen 
Production Design by
Chris Wong 
Costume Design by
Shirley Chan 
Makeup Department
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kelley Cribben .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jo Jo Hui .... assistant director
Chiu Wah Lee .... second assistant director
Gary Wing-Lun Mak .... second assistant director
Henry Ng .... second assistant director
Tom Razzano .... first assistant director: USA
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Jason Canovas .... assistant sound editor
Tim J. Carroll .... consultant: Dolby Digital
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... dialogue editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Gil Hova .... apprentice sound editor
Richard King .... sound effects editor (as Richard Q. King)
Drew Kunin .... sound
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Kevin Lee .... foley editor
Lisa J. Levine .... supervising adr editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Barbara Parks .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara J. Parks)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Brian Williams .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Kathy Kelehan .... animation producer: titles
Daniel Leung .... 3D animation supervisor
Daniel Leung .... CG supervisor
Matt McDonald .... 3D animator
Amit Sethi .... 3D animator
Tomoko Shin .... 3D animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Christopher Doyle .... camera operator: second unit
Christopher Doyle .... director of photography: second unit (as Chris Doyle)
Patrick Ho .... clapper loader
Louis Jong .... key grip
Deborah Lipman .... second assistant camera: New York
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Monika Mikkelsen .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Don Ciana .... color timer
Nick Dibeneditto .... negative matcher
Craig Marsden .... assistant film editor
Misako Shimizu .... first assistant editor
Ian Silverstein .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Paul Haslinger .... music programmer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Simon James .... conductor
Graeme Revell .... score producer
Tim Simonec .... conductor
Tim Simonec .... orchestrator
Elizabeth Waldo .... consultant: Chinese choral
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Dan Wallin .... score recordist
Brian Williams .... music designer
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Josh Winget)
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Kelley Cribben .... production coordinator: New York
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Paul Haslinger .... additional arranger
Claudia Raschke .... operator
Thierry Valletoux .... reportage

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Crew or equipment visible: When John and Jim stop during the motorcycle ride up the hill, the shadow of a cameraman is visible.See more »
John:Money, money, money. That's all you hear.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Chungking Express (1994)See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Much better than many people say., 10 July 2002
Author: daodao from Hong Kong

I don't know why, but people on imdb and elsewhere have been very critical of this film. Personally, as someone living in Hong Kong, I think it is both a well made and important film. At the end, the analogy of Gong Li's character starting again, as Hong Kong is starting again, worked well. I think perhaps the only drawback is Maggie Cheung's character, as it seems a little pointless. However, I like nearly everything Jeremy Irons is in - he is really one of the world's best actors. His characters are always people that I can somehow empathise with - they're always very believable and he really carries the film's themes. The idea of setting the film in the six months leading up to Hong Kong's July 1, 1997 handover works well. As Irons' character dies, so does British sovereignty - the Union Jack goes down, the last Governor cries, Gong Li shakes off her long-time sugar daddy. It's a captivating and well-told story of which the Director should be proud, although I read an interview with him a while ago, and he didn't want to talk about the film, since it's upset some people in Hong Kong, I think. This film is certainly better than most rubbish that's made in Hong Kong. I urge you to find a copy and see it.

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