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New Rose Hotel (1998)

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Two businessmen are hired to steal secrets from a rival, and decide to use a beautiful, but volatile call girl to do so.

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Abel Ferrara

Writers:

William Gibson (short story), Abel Ferrara (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Fox
Willem Dafoe ... X
Asia Argento ... Sandii
Annabella Sciorra ... Madame Rosa
John Lurie ... Distinguished Man
Kimmy Suzuki ... Asian Girl #1 (as Naoko 'Kimmy' Suzuki)
Miou ... Asian Girl #2
Yoshitaka Amano Yoshitaka Amano ... Hiroshi
Gretchen Mol ... Hiroshi's Wife
Phil Neilson Phil Neilson ... The Welshman (as Phil Nielson)
Ken Kelsch Ken Kelsch ... The Expeditor
Andrew Fiscella ... Sex Show Man
Rachel Glass Rachel Glass ... Sex Show Woman #1
Roberta Orlandi ... Sex Show Woman #2 (as Roberta Orlan)
Erin Jermaine Serrano Erin Jermaine Serrano ... Sex Show Woman #3
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Storyline

Maas and Hosaka are two large Corporations in the future world. They are fighting to get control over the best minds of the world. The best is Hiroshi and at the moment he is working for the Maas Corporation. Fox has accepted an offer to persuade Hiroshi to go over to the Hosaka Corporation. Sandii is a little Italian girl from Japan and she should be the way to get to Hiroshi. X is the man who should train Sandii to break Hiroshi's Heart. But if X falls in love with Sandii? And if the Hosaka Corporation breaks the agreement? And if Sandii is not a little Italian girl? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, including some sex-related dialogue | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Japanese

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Enigma do Poder See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,147, 3 October 1999

Gross USA:

$21,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,521
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Distinguished Man: Come on, you know this better than anybody, right? There's a full-scale subterranean war being waged for every shred of information. And the corporate suits are killing each other off by the thousands each year. I mean it's like the holocaust in the 20th century. Everybody knows about it, and nobody says anything about it. And government is as culpable as any corporation.
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Gibson it ain't

New Rose Hotel is based on the short story of the same name by William Gibson. While the film is supposed to be set in the tech infested world of Gibson's stories it fails to convey this feeling, with only a few pieces of technology presented visually. More importantly, however, the film is terribly written and directed. It seems obvious that Gibson's story should have been followed in a more literal manner, as the story finds the narrator (Dafoe's character) reminiscing in his coffin in the New Rose Hotel, talking to Sandii as though she can hear him. Instead, we are subjected to the story twice, the second time around in the form of flashbacks. I imagine the flashbacks are supposed to clarify the disorganized mess that Ferrara weaves in the first half of the film. Perhaps the film appeals to the art crowd, but don't let them fool you. It's a terrible movie, putting to waste the incredible talents of Walken and Dafoe. Gibson's writing is densely descriptive and gritty. Ferrara attempts for the grit, but Gibson's worlds can't be created without a budget [and a competent director would help]. For example: Kill Switch, an episode of The X-Files that Gibson wrote, was the most expensive episode ever filmed during the time the show was filmed in Vancouver. And it's one of the best episodes in the show's history. Why? Because it constructed the visual aspect necessary to tell the story. The fact that New Rose Hotel fails to do this, coupled with Ferrara's horrendous storytelling, is what makes it an unworthy effort. If you're a fan of Gibson, then watch the film, but I doubt you'll enjoy it.


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