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Forbidden Nights (1990)

Judith Shapiro's dream has come true. Due to the process of opening to the west in China she has been invited to stay for two years in Shang Sa, Hunan as a school teacher. As soon as she ... See full summary »

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Judith Shapiro (article), Tristine Rainer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Melissa Gilbert ... Judith Shapiro
Robin Shou ... Liang Hong
Victor Wong ... Ho
Tzi Ma ... Li Dao
Beulah Quo Beulah Quo ... Vice Dean Yin
Khigh Dhiegh Khigh Dhiegh ... Lu Ming
Maggie Chan Maggie Chan ... Han
Augustine Lam Augustine Lam ... Ma Soong
Stephen Fung ... Young Liang Hong
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juliette Chen Juliette Chen ... Comrade Ho s Daughter
Emotion Cheung Emotion Cheung ... Zhu Ma
Jane Chung Jane Chung ... Little Hong
Cinda Hui Cinda Hui ... Liang s Mother
Ernest Kwan Ernest Kwan ... Comrade Ho s Son
Rain Lau Rain Lau ... Mai Ling
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Storyline

Judith Shapiro's dream has come true. Due to the process of opening to the west in China she has been invited to stay for two years in Shang Sa, Hunan as a school teacher. As soon as she arrives she has to deal with problems such as only cold water to wash, an unlockable door at her room and so on. All these problems are nothing compared to the difficulties she has in understanding chinese social interacting. When she falls in love with one of her students, things are going to get really weird. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noches prohibidas See more »

Filming Locations:

Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Phenomenal movie, should be on DVD
11 April 2017 | by defleppardvanhalenSee all my reviews

Although it was a made-for-TV film, I always thought Forbidden Nights was really impressive. The autobiographical story of Judith Shapiro's experience teaching in China was amazing. The chemistry between Melissa Gilbert and Robin Shou really made this movie shine. In Shou's case, it was a shame he didn't return to the U.S. until five years later for Mortal Kombat, because I thought this was his greatest non-martial art work, that showcased his acting ability more.

Warner Bros., if you read this, please release Forbidden Nights on DVD. For a made-for-TV film, this film has great quality, acting-wise, story-wise, and production-wise. I would also to hear Melissa and Robin talk about their experience shooting this film, either in commentary or as a special documentary.


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