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Chinese Box (1997)

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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay), Jean-Claude Carrière (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... John
Li Gong ... Vivian
Maggie Cheung ... Jean
Michael Hui ... Chang
Rubén Blades ... Jim
Jared Harris ... William
Chaplin Chang Chaplin Chang ... Homeless Man
Noel Rands Noel Rands ... John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia Emma Lucia ... Amanda Everheart
Ken Bennett Ken Bennett ... Rick
Russell Cawthorne Russell Cawthorne ... New Year's Party MC
Emotion Cheung ... William Wong
Harvey Stockwin Harvey Stockwin ... Weeks
Jonathan Midgley Jonathan Midgley ... Jonathan
Bruce Walker Bruce Walker ... Bruce
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Storyline

John is an English photojournalist who has spent over a decade in Hong Kong; his friend Jim often crashes in his cramped apartment. John's unrequited love is Vivian whom he aches for but has not the nerve to possess. Concurrent with England's transfer of Hong Kong back to the Chinese, John discovers that he has a rare form of leukemia and has only months to live. So John, Jim, and the disfigured proto-hippy Jean grab a digital video camera and prowl the streets, seeking to document the "real" Hong Kong one last time. Written by Fred Goodridge

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az utolsó éjszaka Hong Kong-ban See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,916, 19 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,195,190, 19 July 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When John and Jim stop during the motorcycle ride up the hill, the shadow of a cameraman is visible. See more »

Quotes

John: You must get a piece of jade, and keep it close. Then your blood will go into the stone, and the stone will get into your blood. The blood will then become stone, and you will stop bleeding.
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Connections

References Chungking Express (1994) See more »

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Perfect.
17 February 2005 | by djonatonSee all my reviews

For starters, it would be fair to say that I have seen this movie at least ten times. I was never bored... In fact, the magical atmosphere of the movie makes it beautiful to watch, and makes you enjoy every minute of it, even with the story aside. The cast is excellent, and the way that the actors 'ignore' the camera really makes you believe the story. The story has many layers, all of them viewed from an aspect of a dying man, packed with emotion, all masks down. The handover of Hong Kong and a love story, with all the cultural differences and barriers, is captured from a very close range. It's done almost like a documentary and strongly effects any spectator. The characters are complete, the story also, and everything else in the movie (from the photography and the music to the actual footage of HK and its people) only makes it more powerful. A beautiful movie.


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