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boring pointless film which even I had trouble enjoying
on August 5, 1999
I know it's a bit old, but I just want to warn people away from watchinga potential waste of film called "Chinese Box." I was expecting a more entertaining movie, or at least a movie with some point to it (give the director's past productions like "Joy Luck Club"), but instead we get a rated-R film which doesn't even merit a PG-13 rating. They stuck in some cussing just to make the movie rated-R.
The people mumble all the time, making their words hard to understand (I am a native speaker of English, by the way.) The DVD-version is letterboxed 4:3 instead of 16:9 widescreen anamorphic (ok, ok, this is a minor technical quibble.) And the characters are so loserly I lost interest in their stupid past (which was probably self-inflicted anyway) within less than 3 minutes.
On a brighter side, the title "chinese box" reminded me of an old Simpsons episode where Bart's class gets to see "The Box Factory." Well therea re many parallels here. "The Box Factory" was a place where boxes are made, many boxes, and box-related products. Next door to this important box-making factory was Krusty's studio. Needless to say, I found my mind wandering from "Chinese Box" over to Krusty's Studio, even though there is no logical link between these two different shows. Whenever I see the words "Chinese Box", the words "Chinese BOX FACTORY!" scream through my head!!!!
Also, I thought Hong Kong returned to China July, 1998...so why was this movie set in 1997?!? (I probably missed a lot of dialogue that explained this, maybe the director should hire a more competent sound-production crew.)