Chinese Box
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Chinese Box

1998
Romance
Drama
1h 39m
John is an English photojournalist who has spent over a decade in Hong Kong. John's unrequited love is Vivian whom he aches for but has not the nerve to possess. Concurrent with England's transfer of Hong Kong back to the Chinese, John discovers that he has a rare form of leukemia and has only months to live. So John, his friend Jim, and the disfigured proto-hippy Jean grab a digital video camera and prowl the streets, seeking to document the "real" Hong Kong one last time. (imdb)
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Chinese Box

1998
Romance
Drama
1h 39m
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Rated 09 Apr 2013
15
5th
I see what writer and director did, but I didn't care much for it - so what's left is a contrived story with too much J.Irons-crap and way too little Gong Li-class. *Preview*: #13#, exp-3*, story, Gong Li!/10, R2.
Rated 21 Aug 2021
70
45th
Ivan /Maggie Cheung is way much better than Li Gong.
Rated 09 Oct 2022
20
4th
Unlikable main character who fills all the annoying expat tropes, with especially cringey narration, probably from the source book. Interesting character played by Cheung. Li is beautiful but not given much motivation or plot that doesn't relate to Irons. What even is the titular Chinese box? Fav scene: the montage of the Hong Kong handover.
Rated 13 Jan 2013
100
98th
Fantastic gritty portrayal of Hong Kong during the 1997 handover to the PRC, with characters who feel like real people. Irons, Gong Li, and Maggie Cheung are all impressive, along with Wayne Wang improvising much of the movie on the spot.

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