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Chinese Box (1998)

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60

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 2,705

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Movie Info

Hong Kong emigrant Wayne Wang directed and co-wrote (with Paul Theroux, Jean-Claude Carriere and Larry Gross) this story set in "the Pearl of the Orient" as the British government prepared to hand over the city to China in 1997. John (Jeremy Irons) is an English journalist who has lived in the city for some time; while in some ways he still feels like an outsider, he's come to think of Hong Kong as a home and has close friends there. John is also in love with Vivian (Gong Li), a one-time

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Larry Gross

Sep 29, 1998

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Wang is moving toward a clearer objectivity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The obvious passion that Wang has for his homeland does not visibly extend his two tortured lovers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Audience Reviews for Chinese Box

Not sure what to say about this film, as I am really not sure what the points was. Its from a list of films listed in the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival, and all the other films from that list that I have seen have been great. This one is about a journalist who has leukemia and can't get over a girlfriend. He also meets a scare face women and why she was in this film is beyond me. But its during the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong in 1997, and the brits are kicked out of the country. This one just do it for me though I enjoyed the video shots of Hong Kong, Market Places. Music was good also. So 3 stars, I didn't fall a sleep.
March 17, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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Great metaphor.
July 2, 2008
threefolddado

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An intriguing movie.
January 1, 2008
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