Red Corner (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  31 October 1997 (USA)
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An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
David McAndrews
Ed Pratt
Chairman Xu
Lin Shou
Li Cheng
Ulrich Matschoss ...
Gerhardt Hoffman
Richard Venture ...
Ambassador Reed
Jessey Meng ...
Huan Minglu
Chi Yu Li ...
General Hong
Henry O ...
Procurator General Yang


Jack Moore is an American attorney having talks in Bejing about founding the first satellite TV joint venture. Suddenly he is arrested, accused of murder and has to prove it was a frame-up together with his court-appointed attorney Shen Yuelin. Written by Anonymous

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....severity for those who resist. See more »

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Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Justiça Vermelha  »

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Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,403,362 (USA) (31 October 1997)


£512,876 (UK) (19 June 1998)

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Most of the film's exterior scenes were shot on a seven-acre reproduction of a Beijing neighborhood constructed near the Los Angeles International Airport. The set was decorated with 300 bicycles, 15 cars, and thousands of miscellaneous props (from stoves to manhole covers) actually imported from China. See more »


The closing scene of a Chinese airport reveals an American West 737. American West does not fly to China. See more »


[first lines]
Shen Yuelin: When I was a child I would come to this park and play, and my grandmother would tell me why the bamboo was here. She said, it is waiting for the wind to touch it. It is filled with emotion. Listen to the sound, and you can feel that.
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The opening title is first displayed in Chinese "letters" (called hanzi) which then change into English. See more »


References Twelve Monkeys (1995) See more »


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A strong and enjoyable film, sadly overlooked.
24 November 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a very well written and directed film with good locations and very good acting. The discourse on the Chinese approach to justice and the potential for corruption in their state-centered society is sharp and, from my experience, accurate. It is delivered as part of an entertaining story with very strong performances by the leads. I like Richard Gere in this, as I do Ling Bai's performance. Their chemistry attracts the viewer and helps us through the difficult issues the film addresses. A must see.

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