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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,415,440, 23 January 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$612,335, 25 January 1998
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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 »

Goofs

During the trial the defendant's shirt is produced and the question is asked as to the nature of the chemical smell that has been detected. The investigating officer states it is either ether or chloroform. While ether has a very strong and distinctive odor, chloroform is virtually odorless. 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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White Light
10 August 2002 | by Rick BlaineSee all my reviews

Rambling drama about a US salesman arrested for a murder he did not commit, Red Corner has actual footage of Beijing convincingly mixed with the main shooting which gives the impression that the movie was actually made in China - and presumably with the approval of the Chinese authorities. Unfortunately, this is not really true, and the main Chinese lead - Ling Bai, whose name means 'white light' or 'white spirit' - was at Tiananmen in 1989 and emigrated to the US shortly thereafter. I've met students who lived in China at the time who absolutely refuse to discuss the situation back home; that Ling Bai does is testimony to her 'white spirit', and she really does steal the show from Gere here, in a kind of reverse Casablanca 'hill of beans' role. Whether the depiction of conditions in the Chinese judicial system is accurate or not, the movie does succeed in making the viewer understand that there are two views to almost anything, and that in China, as anywhere, power corrupts. Stacking the deck against consular officials is a nice touch, for these people are truly the cowards and turncoats the movie makes them out to be. The plot swerves from the inexplicable to the Orwellian to a love story (which does, it is true, sort of come out of nowhere), but the final scene on the tarmac does much to salvage that. Maybe Gere wanted to make the Chinese look bad, but they certainly don't need his help. Based on an incident that happened not in China but in Italy, Red Corner is viewable without ever coming close to being a great film. Its one claim to greatness is Ling Bai - she's absolutely fabulous.


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