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Red Corner (1997) Poster

(1997)

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In order to heighten the film's sense of 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.
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For the scene in which Jack is intimidated with video of a government execution, the filmmakers used actual execution footage which had been smuggled out of China.
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Most of the film's exterior scenes were shot on a seven-acre reproduction of a Beijing neighborhood, constructed near Los Angeles International Airport. The set was decorated with 300 bicycles, 15 cars, and thousands of miscellaneous props - from stoves to manhole covers - which had actually been imported from China.
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Production designer Richard Sylbert took two research trips to China, where he took over 1,500 photographs in order to provide himself with real-life references for the film's massive sets.
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