Chinese Box (1998)



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As Hong Kong changes hands, a dying journalist wrestles with his hopeless love for a former prostitute. In other words, a long and tortured metaphor.
R (For language and some sexual content)
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Li Gong
as Vivian
Michael Hui
as Chang
Jared Harris
as William
Chaplin Chang
as Homeless Man
Noel Rands
as John's Friend at New Year's Party
Emma Lucia
as Amanda Everheart
Russell Cawthorne
as New Year's Party MC
Emotion Cheung
as William Wong
Jonathan Midgley
as Jonathan
Angelica Lofgren
as Baby-Lin
Julian Chang
as Dr. Chang
Jian Rui Chao
as Businessman No. 1
Yue Sing Wai
as Businessman No. 2
Lo Hung
as Businessman No. 3
Shirley Hung
as Girlfriend No. 1
Michelle Yeung
as Girlfriend No. 2
Alex Ng
as Drunk Karaoke Singer
Lee Chiu Wah
as Minibus Passenger
Pao Fung
as Godfather
Hui Fan
as Godfather's Wife
Lam Man Cheung
as Wedding Photographer
Lee Siu Kai
as Gangster No. 1
Leung Chi On
as Gangster No. 2
Tse Yuen Fat
as Gangster No. 3
Lee "Rod" Roderick
as Manhattan Club Bouncer
Hui Li
as Black Moon Hostess
Maria St. Lynne
as Black Moon Hostess
Gloria Wu
as News Reporter
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I have been wanting to see this for some time. Today I happened to be flipping past IFC and it had just started, True story. Jeremy Irons is a great actor. Gong Li is a great actress. Plain and simple. This movie, was interesting. There is a lot going on here, and if you don't pay attention you may miss something. The story is centralized around Irons character, but there seems to be like 5 different stories unfolding. Iron's narration is great. Gong Li's character is compelling, especially when she is watching the old movie in the bar, and she is acting it out. Maggie Cheung has been in some great movies, and I really liked her character in this. I like how the story takes place during the transfer of control of Hong Kong. It sets the theme for the stories. Part of the movie is shot like the documentary Irons is creating, so you have the bouncy camera movement. One of the most interesting things about this movie is the soundtrack. It was really really good, and mixed in with a heart beat every so often. Overall I think this was a little tough to follow, and see where it is going, but still very good nevertheless.

Robert Farley
Robert Farley

Great metaphor.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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