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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 overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... John
Chaplin Chang Chaplin Chang ... Homeless Man
Li Gong ... Vivian
Noel Rands Noel Rands ... John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia Emma Lucia ... Amanda Everheart
Ken Bennett Ken Bennett ... Rick
Rubén Blades ... Jim (as Ruben Blades)
Michael Hui ... Chang
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
Angelica Lofgren Angelica Lofgren ... Baby-Lin
Julian Chang Julian Chang ... Dr. Chang (as Dr. Julian Chang)
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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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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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: Money, money, money. That's all you hear.
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Connections

Features A Foreign Affair (1948) See more »

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Some comments about Hong Kong
5 October 2001 | by bunch-5See all my reviews

Much has already been said about the film itself. Here are some comments regarding the portrayal of Hong Kong. An early comment was saying that this film makes Hong Kong look dirty and cramped.

Well, having lived in Hong Kong (in several different areas) I have to say that what the film shows is reality. I was paying about US$1,000 per month for a small room about 10 x 15 feet in Hong Kong (Tin Hau area) in 1996. It was not even a really nice place. Hong Kong is very expensive to live in.

It is also a very dirty and polluted place compared to cities in the West. The director of the film was not making this up.

By reading this you may think I hated it there, well it rates as one of my favorite cities in the world. It has a lot of charm.

By the way, the movie isn't bad and worth a look.


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Country:

France | Japan | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

17 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Box See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,916, 19 April 1998

Gross USA:

$2,178,160

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,178,160
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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