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Red Corner (1997)

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An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

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Jon Avnet

Writer:

Robert King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Jack Moore
Bai Ling ... Shen Yuelin
Bradley Whitford ... Bob Ghery
Byron Mann ... Lin Dan
Peter Donat ... David McAndrews
Robert Stanton ... Ed Pratt
Tsai Chin ... Chairman Xu
James Hong ... Lin Shou
Tzi Ma ... Li Cheng
Ulrich Matschoss Ulrich Matschoss ... Gerhardt Hoffman
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Ambassador Reed
Jessey Meng Jessey Meng ... Hong Ling
Roger Yuan ... Huan Minglu
Chi Yu Li Chi Yu Li ... General Hong
Henry O Henry O ... Procurator General Yang
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Storyline

Jack Moore is an American attorney having talks in Bejing about founding the first satellite TV joint venture. Suddenly he is arrested, accused of murder and has to prove it was a frame-up together with his court-appointed attorney Shen Yuelin. Written by Anonymous

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Leniency for those who confess... See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justiça Vermelha See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,403,362, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$22,459,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,459,274
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Black and White (flashbacks)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the film's exterior scenes were shot on a seven-acre reproduction of a Beijing neighborhood, constructed near Los Angeles International Airport. The set was decorated with 300 bicycles, 15 cars, and thousands of miscellaneous props - from stoves to manhole covers - which had actually been imported from China. See more »

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The closing scene of a Chinese airport reveals an American West 737. American West does not fly to China. See more »

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[first lines]
Shen Yuelin: When I was a child I would come to this park and play, and my grandmother would tell me why the bamboo was here. She said, it is waiting for the wind to touch it. It is filled with emotion. Listen to the sound, and you can feel that.
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The opening title is first displayed in Chinese "letters" (called hanzi) which then change into English. See more »


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Communism comments by Richard Gere
22 August 1999 | by PrimtimeSee all my reviews

Red Corner is quite obviously a comment on the current situation in Red China. Being a good friend of the Dalai Lama and Tibet in general, the "the Chinese government and army are all bad people" argument is what keeps this film going. It could almost be considered a crash course on what is still going on in China today. Don't get me wrong, the film is actually quite well done and has a good story to go with it which makes it more than a two hour CBS special.

The whole plot centers around the Gere character being framed for a murder of a Chinese girl. The girl just happens to be the daughter of an important general which makes Gere's chances of survival all the less. Sure, all of the cliches are built into this film, especially the wrongfully imprisoned man (haven't the 90's been a real haven to these kinds of films ever since "The Fugitive?"). But the plot is still interesting the film throughout and other than a few twists that seemed unnecessary, keeps focus until the end. I never will understand why Gere didn't just stay at the embassy, he must have been somewhat crazy.

The bond between the two main characters starts off very cold and warms until the end with an airport scene that was very fitting. After watching the film you'll know what I mean. The chase scene through the city is very exciting although at times farfetched, but still makes for some good action in between a few dramatic scenes. Even without on screen violence ala American History X or Saving Private Ryan, this film still manages to invoke fear simply knowing that the Chinese will do whatever they please, regardless of human life.

This film only helps to show China as an unhumanitary state with archaic laws and traditions. When one is forced to plead guilty in order to have leaniency directed towards them, something is really wrong. Hopefully this film will open some eyes to the situation and be a catalyst to future change.

7/10 stars.


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