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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


For the scene in which Gere's character is intimidated with video of a government execution, the filmmakers used actual execution footage that had been smuggled out of China. See more »


At the very beginning of the film, the little girl looks up at the sky and blocks out the sun with her hand. But it is totally obvious that she is blocking out nothing, for there is no shadow of her hand across her eyes. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening title is first displayed in Chinese "letters" (called hanzi) which then change into English. See more »


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A great movie, but no one has seen it!
1 November 1999 | by (California) – See all my reviews

After I saw this movie, I had to see it again. Most likely it was because it was on HBO and I missed the first thirty minutes. I'm glad I rented it though. It is a great movie and I would have wanted to see it again anyway.

It was sad though. I spoke with many of my friends after seeing it the second time and told them about it. They just looked at me and said, "Red Corner? What's that?" I was sad that most of my friends have never seen such a great movie! Gere and Bai's performances were wonderful! It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. I hope my friends eventually see it and if you haven't, you should.

********** - 10 Stars

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