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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.

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John
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Vivian
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Jean
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Chang
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Jim
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William
Chaplin Chang ...
Homeless Man
Noel Rands ...
John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia ...
Amanda Everheart
Ken Bennett ...
Rick
Russell Cawthorne ...
New Year's Party MC
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William Wong
Harvey Stockwin ...
Weeks
Jonathan Midgley ...
Jonathan
Bruce Walker ...
Bruce
Angelica Lofgren ...
Baby-Lin
Julian Chang ...
Dr. Chang (as Dr. Julian Chang)
Ruichao Jian ...
Businessman #1 (as Rui Chao Jian)
Sing Chau Wai ...
Businessman #2
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Businessman #3
Shirley Hung ...
Girlfriend #1
Michelle Yeung ...
Girlfriend #2
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Drunk Karaoke Singer (as Alex Ng Hong Ling)
Wah Lee Chiu ...
Minibus Passenger
Maria Cordero ...
Mamasan
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Godfather
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Godfather's Wife
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Wedding Photographer
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Gangster #1
Chi On Leung ...
Gangster #2
Yuen Fat Tse ...
Gangster #3
Roderick Lee ...
Manhattan Club Bouncer
Hui Li ...
Black Moon Hostess
Maria St. Lynne ...
Black Moon Hostess
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Lilly (as Josephine Ho)
Gloria Wu ...
News Reporter
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Mr. Wong
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Brian
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Ganster
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Partygoer
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Principal
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by

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Wayne Wang

Written by

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Jean-Claude Carrière ... (screenplay)
 
Jean-Claude Carrière ... (story)
 
Larry Gross ... ()
 
Rachel Ingalls ... (Jean's story inspired by "Last Act: The Madhouse")
 
Paul Theroux ... (story)
 
Wayne Wang ... (story)

Produced by

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Reinhard Brundig ... executive producer
Lydia Dean Pilcher ... producer
Francey Grace ... associate producer
Akinori Inaba ... executive producer
Jean Labadie ... executive producer
Heidi Levitt ... co-producer
Jessinta Liu ... co-producer
Andrew Loo ... line producer
Jean-Louis Piel ... producer
Wayne Wang ... producer
Michiyo Yoshizaki ... executive producer

Music by

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Graeme Revell

Cinematography by

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Vilko Filac

Film Editing by

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Christopher Tellefsen

Editorial Department

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Don Ciana ... color timer
Nick Dibeneditto ... negative matcher
Craig Marsden ... assistant film editor
Misako Shimizu ... first assistant editor
Ian Silverstein ... second assistant editor

Production Design by

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Chris Wong

Costume Design by

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Shirley Chan

Makeup Department

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Isabel Harkins ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jo Jo Hui ... assistant director
Chiu Wah Lee ... second assistant director
Gary Wing-Lun Mak ... second assistant director
Henry Ng ... second assistant director
Tom Razzano ... first assistant director: USA
Mary Soan ... first assistant director

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Stan Bochner ... supervising sound editor
Jason Canovas ... assistant sound editor
Tim J. Carroll ... consultant: Dolby Digital
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas ... dialogue editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Gil Hova ... apprentice sound editor
Richard King ... sound effects editor (as Richard Q. King)
Drew Kunin ... sound
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
Kevin Lee ... foley editor
Lisa J. Levine ... supervising adr editor
Branka Mrkic ... dialogue editor
Barbara Parks ... assistant sound editor (as Barbara J. Parks)
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
Brian Williams ... sound designer

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Kathy Kelehan ... animation producer: titles
Daniel Leung ... 3D animation supervisor / cg supervisor
Matt McDonald ... 3D animator
Amit Sethi ... 3D animator
Tomoko Shin ... 3D animator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christopher Doyle ... camera operator: second unit / director of photography: second unit (as Chris Doyle)
Patrick Ho ... clapper loader
Louis Jong ... key grip
Deborah Lipman ... second assistant camera: New York

Casting Department

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David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting
Monika Mikkelsen ... casting associate

Music Department

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Paul Haslinger ... music programmer
Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Simon James ... conductor
Graeme Revell ... score producer
John Rusnak ... pianist
Tim Simonec ... conductor / orchestrator
Elisabeth Waldo ... consultant: Chinese choral (as Elizabeth Waldo)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer / score recordist
Brian Williams ... music designer
Joshua Winget ... music editor (as Josh Winget)

Other crew

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Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer
Kelley Cribben ... production coordinator: New York
Jennifer Zolten Freed ... post-production accountant
Paul Haslinger ... additional arranger
Claudia Raschke ... operator
Thierry Valletoux ... reportage
Susie Yamamoto ... production accountant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La caja china (Spain)
  • Az utolsó éjszaka Hong Kong-ban (Hungary)
  • Kineska kutija (Serbia)
  • Китайска кутия (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • O teleftaios erotas (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Object of My Affection/Paulie/Nightwatch/Suicide Kings/Wild Man Blues/Chinese Box (1998). See more »
Quotes John: Money, money, money. That's all you hear.
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