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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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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)


$22,415,440 (USA) (23 January 1998)

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Did You Know?


In order to heighten the film's reality, director Jon Avnet, actress Bai Ling, and co-producer Martin Huberty traveled to Beijing for a week of "guerilla" shooting (without the knowledge or permission of the Chinese government!) to capture the first-ever 35mm film of the city to appear in a Hollywood film. 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 »


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A Sensitive, Compassionate and Compelling Movie
18 July 2004 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I think this was an excellent movie. It's hard to believe that this was not filmed in China the settings looked so authentic. The directing was very good. Richard Gere gave his usual superb performance and Bai Ling was brilliant. Some people seem to think that this movie was being too hard on China. I read some of the quotes that the Chinese actors made who were in this movie, they said the movie was being too lenient, I tend to believe them. Just because Richard Gere is a Buddhist doesn't make him biased as some have suggested, he is too gifted an actor and too much a gentlemen to let his spiritual beliefs affect a movie, his compassion sure, but not spiritual beliefs. Too many people think it's hate, but what it is, is his compassion. Just be glad we live in a democracy and have compassion for those who don't. I can't imagine what it would be like to find myself in a situation like the character Jack (Gere) in the movie - it would be terrifying.

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