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New Rose Hotel

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A corporate raider and his henchman use a chanteuse to lure a scientific genius away from his employer and family.

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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, Asia Argento, Annabella Sciorra, John Lurie
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois, William Gibson
  • Producers: Christopher Walken, Adam Brightman, Alessandro Camon, Christian Halsey Solomon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001YXCD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,953 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Notice that almost no one gives this film its average score (around 2.3 stars)? It's a classic bimodal distribution: hate it or love it. Well, maybe "love it" is a bit strong, but for those who 1) don't know the plot ahead of time, and 2) carefully follow the plot as it develops in the film, particularly in the last quarter, the story is quite gripping. If you've read the story ahead of time, or lose the plot while watching, it will just seem like a very low-budget muddle.
Like many of Gibson's stories, this is hardly science fiction-- in fact, it's more purely noir than many other more noir-y looking films that come to mind. As such, it's about money, love, betrayal, women, memory, machismo--that sort of stuff. Having read the story after seeing the film, I'd almost say the movie was better, while still being true to Gibson's spirit: less of the narrator's whiny voice, more Fox; more mystery, less pseudo-futuristic-cosmopolitanism. And a much better finish.
The best part is really the much-maligned last quarter, which in its memory flashbacks leads you to discover for yourself who betrayed whom and why. The conclusion, if you care about these sorts of issues at all, is really quite sad and moving. Not knowing when it would end, I jumped up close to the TV to hear Argento's reply to Dafoe's last line. To end there shows that these guys knew what they were doing.
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when I first saw this, I thought it was possibly the worst, sloppiest film ever made, but it stuck in my head until I finally figured out what the story's really about. we've all had moments in life when we've pondered, over & over again, how someone we loved could betray us, and/or what we could've done to have changed the course of our lives. this film & the William Gibson story it's based on are unique in their storytelling & the screenwriter's commentary explains everything sequence by sequence in this at-first baffling movie experience. if you like off-beat/alternative/experimental film, check this out ASAP! I don't think there's ever been anything else like it. & Asia Argento's the stunning icing on the cake!
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Apparently most viewers hate this movie. It is not an easy movie to follow, I grant you. However, I've seen most of Abel Ferrara's films and liked them plus I generally go for anything with Willem Dafoe in it. Walken is a favorite too. Hubby absolutely adored it and would probably go the whole 5 stars if he were writing this, which puts him at variance with almost everyone. I can't go that far but I will go 4 stars. The plot is not that tricky. What is tricky is knowing what moment of time you are in with the characters. At any given moment you can be at the start, middle or end of the story. In this it rather resembles "Memento," which is in the theaters now. Ferrara should have considered changes in lighting or some other visual key to cue the viewers into this time shifts. I've seen this done by shooting part of a film in black and white and the rest in color. I've also seen one time sequence shot in all cool or blue tones while the rest of the movie is shot in reddish hot tones. In short, there are ways to make this easier on the viewer.

The plot is that Walken and Dafoe are going to make an Asian scientist fall in love with a call girl they've just met, Sandy. Sandy will bewitch the scientist and he will go wherever she wants him to go. Industrialists will pay Walken and Dafoe big money for the con. They in turn will pay Sandy a million dollars as her share. The question becomes though who is conning whom. While Dafoe is busy falling in love with Sandy, he doesn't follow through on tracing the various leads about her which come into his hands. One irony I couldn't get over was Dafoe being stunned by someone else's beauty, when, in his prime, he had to have been one of the most beautiful people on the planet.
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I have real mixed feelings about this one. It's very strong in some aspects and very weak in others. I still enjoyed the movie (would really give it 3.5 stars though), but at the same, I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone who's not a fan of William Gibson.

First of all, I think the film did a pretty good job of realizing the story. The characterization, dialogue, plot, themes and tone were pretty well represented for me. The tricky thing here is that the story is about 15 pages long and takes place entirely in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel, with the protagonist in a state of utter despair and ennui as he starts piecing together what went wrong through a series of flashbacks, all the while knowing that his time left is slipping away. Granted, that's not really going to flesh out a 90 minute feature, so I was willing to accept the way it's presented. Sometimes you have to make concessions when a book is filmed, and overall I don't think any of this compromised the integrity.

The acting was great, and they had some great dialogue to work with. Walken and Dafoe are as superb as you'd expect. One of the film's best strengths is the noiry con-man banter between the two. Honestly I didn't know much about Asia Argento (I kind of assumed she was Dario's daughter, and cynically thought, "great, nepotism from a B-movie zombie guy") but she really held her own with these two heavy-weights, really well for a young lady whose first language is not English. I didn't need any convincing that she could seduce anyone certainly, and it doesn't hurt that she's half naked a lot of the time. Not a fan of that tattoo though, too tacky for me.

The plot might be a bit inaccessible for some.
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