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Chinese Box

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Original title
Chinese Box
Running time
110 min.
United States United States
Jean-Claude Carrière, Larry Gross, Paul Theroux, Wayne Wang
Graeme Revell
Vilko Filac
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Co-production United States-France-Japan; WW Productions / NDF International / Pony Canyon Inc / Canal+
Romance. Drama | Romantic Drama. Journalism. Colonialism. Disease/illness
Synopsis / Plot
New Year's Eve 1996. John (Jeremy Iron) is an English journalist moving among the Chinese business elite and British officials at expensive nightclubs. However, the politics of transition are seen through the prism of his personal relationships. He is in love with Vivian (Gong Li), a woman he meets in Beijing who's now working at a club owned by Chang (Michael Hui), the man she wants to marry. But Chang wants to become respectable and won't marry her because of her checkered past. After a personal crisis, John goes out with a camcorder to capture images of the last days of British rule. He becomes fascinated by Jean, a mysterious woman who hides half her face behind a scarf as she darts through the streets aggressively selling strange items. Played with a manic verve by martial arts star Maggie Cheung, Jean comes to represent everything that is strange and enigmatic about Hong Kong.
1997: Venice Film Festival: Best Music; nominated for Golden Lion.
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