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Set during the Chinese takeover of Hong Kong in 1997, this fascinating film uses that urgent and grandly ceremonial political backdrop for an intimate study of personal transition. Jeremy Irons plays a seasoned journalist who discovers he is terminally ill, causing him to be torn between his obsessive love for a former prostitute (Chinese film star Li Gong) and a streetwise hustler (Maggie Cheung) whom he has chosen as the subject of a video documentary. Through his involvement in the lives of these two very different women, director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) creates a cinematic "love-hate letter" to his native Hong Kong, where each character is allegorical and suffers an identity crisis much like Hong Kong itself. The film's love story is somewhat aimless and ultimately unimportant, but Chinese Box (even the title suggests a place that holds secrets within its borders) remains a fascinating film in the semi-documentary tradition, capturing the psychology of its time and place with compelling immediacy. Musician/actor/politician Ruben Blades is featured in a memorable supporting role. --Jeff Shannon
Irons lays flat on his back in this one. he plays a wobbling bowl of jello in love with a dish rag. no soy sauce no tamari no egg roll. this picture stunk from the get-go. Read morePublished 4 months ago by will crow
The movie is kinda blah. Not very watchable in my opinion. Wish it were better. I feel like I wasted my money.Published 18 months ago by MizzKittie
A great history lesson as well. I can watch this movie more than once when the time is right. I've worked in Hong Kong and the movie prompts me to get out my scrapbook and videos.Published 18 months ago by Charles R. Carlisle
The movie itself is great, as was the book it's based on, and I am a Gong Li fan.
Bit surprised no Chinese subtitles provided given its a Chinese production. Read more