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New Rose Hotel (1998)

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Two buisnessmen 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,416, 17 October 1999
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Don't kill me
Written by Harper Simon & Abel Ferrara
Performed by Asia Argento & Harper Simon
Published by Rose Releasing, Ltd.
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Bad Vibe
4 February 2013 | by frankylamoucheSee all my reviews

What more could Abel Ferrara ask for: acerbic Christopher Walken, inscrutable Willem Defoe, hot Asia Argento channeling Cat Power, Schoolly D laying beats. Dynamite. Unfortunately, Abe couldn't find the fuse. A dud.

The opening credits, in three different languages like a DSLR instruction manual (German, Chinese, and English), are accompanied by Schoolly D's great soundtrack, the best part of the movie.

Asia, the heroine, is of the kinky persuasion, a denizen of dark underground group gropes. Shades of Jack Smith and Andy Warhol.

The dialog is nonsense like an uninteresting Little Steven's Underground Garage. Someone needs to tell Abel that gangsters spouting philosophy doesn't work. Godard tried and bored us to tears. Like Jean-Luc, Ferrara stretches his scenes interminably with dialog that made its point after the first two lines but for reasons that can only relate to stretching to meet a budget goes on forever. Gangster films are about, as Sam Fuller famously said, emotion and violence, not long interludes of one thief pitching a caper to another.

Abel is a consummate hustler, his packages find big money, but wind up garbage. It's not as if the movie ran out of ideas early on and the director had to pad it to deliver the requisite hour and a half to meet his business commitment, the movie has no ideas. "New Rose Hotel" serves only one purpose, as an investment loss to a tax write off. The last 20 minutes rehash scenes already shot, as if the director had run out of production money and had to make up the time in post-production. Thus the movie is in two parts: the first part bad, the second part, a rehash of the first, worse.

A low brow effort with high brow pretensions clearly beyond the director's capabilities. Abel, stick to street punks.

In summary, the best part Schoolly D. (See the extra on Schoolly D from the DVD of "The King of New York." It's better than the feature.)


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