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Red Corner (1997)

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An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.

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Jon Avnet

Writer:

Robert King
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Jack Moore
Bai Ling ... Shen Yuelin
Bradley Whitford ... Bob Ghery
Byron Mann ... Lin Dan
Peter Donat ... David McAndrews
Robert Stanton ... Ed Pratt
Tsai Chin ... Chairman Xu
James Hong ... Lin Shou
Tzi Ma ... Li Cheng
Ulrich Matschoss Ulrich Matschoss ... Gerhardt Hoffman
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Ambassador Reed
Jessey Meng Jessey Meng ... Hong Ling
Roger Yuan ... Huan Minglu
Chi Yu Li Chi Yu Li ... General Hong
Henry O Henry O ... Procurator General Yang
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Storyline

Jack Moore is an American attorney having talks in Bejing about founding the first satellite TV joint venture. Suddenly he is arrested, accused of murder and has to prove it was a frame-up together with his court-appointed attorney Shen Yuelin. Written by Anonymous

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....severity for those who resist. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

31 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Justiça Vermelha See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,403,362, 2 November 1997

Gross USA:

$22,459,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,459,274
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DTS | DTS-Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White (flashbacks)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which Jack is intimidated with video of a government execution, the filmmakers used actual execution footage which had been smuggled out of China. See more »

Goofs

During the trial the defendant's shirt is produced and the question is asked as to the nature of the chemical smell that has been detected. The investigating officer states it is either ether or chloroform. While ether has a very strong and distinctive odor, chloroform is virtually odorless. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shen Yuelin: When I was a child I would come to this park and play, and my grandmother would tell me why the bamboo was here. She said, it is waiting for the wind to touch it. It is filled with emotion. Listen to the sound, and you can feel that.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title is first displayed in Chinese "letters" (called hanzi) which then change into English. See more »

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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Very good, exciting, exotic suspense thriller
3 July 2004 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I thought this was wonderful - and can't for the life of me understand the criticisms.

Some seem to be attacking the movie on the basis that it is too hard on China - REALLY?

Ask any North Korean refugee who's been captured in China -

Ask any member of the harmless Falun Gong religious sect -

Ask anyone connected by family ties with those identified as having participated in the Tianenmen Square protests (the protests were actually in quite a number of cities - but television covered just the tens of thousands assembled in Beijing).

No, it's not an "art house" kind of movie - don't expect the slow pace and strange story of something like Farewell My Concubine.

Instead, it's a wonderful Hitchcock-type story transplanted to Communist China - and voila - a wonderful movie that should have been remembered at Oscar time!

It's far better than, say, Hitchcock's Torn Curtain or Topaz - both set in repressive Communist regimes. It's more like a combination of The Wrong Man and North by Northwest - but sexier than either.

Our Welsh friend from beautiful Aberystwyth, Philip Davies, has it about right in his review printed beneath mine.

This is beautifully shot, with wonderful acting in a riveting Hitchcock type movie. Richard Gere is excellent - the politics and scenes of a changing China are fascinating.

I strongly recommend this one.

This is very exciting, suspenseful, romantic - and its depiction of China rings true.


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