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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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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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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: Just a week ago all I wanted was to tell Vivian how much I loved her. But now I see that's the one thing I mustn't do. I can't offload my illness onto her, or Jim, or Mary and the kids. I don't want the look in their eyes to remind me I'm dying. I wonder if I can hold out longer than the British. Not that I could be described as an empire.
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Heartbreakingly beautiful, moving, stunning
9 November 1998 | by mo-29See all my reviews

I don't know what's wrong with you people, or where stupid Hong Kong nationalism comes into this. I see movies that show lousy parts of Boston, and I don't go whining about it on web sites. The story is extremely moving, Hong Kong seemed fascinating, there was amazing imagery and chemistry between Irons and Li. I was blown away both times I saw it. I highly recommend Chinese Box.


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