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on June 8, 2002
I watched this film by "accident." One night I turned on the TV and "The Chinese Box" movie was on. I watched it because it is a film about Hong Kong. The story is only average, not too excited but close enough to real life. However, some scenes are unreasonable exaggerated. For instance, two customers drank and talked about the northern girl in a very bad slang. Their attitudes were so rude. They embarrassed Gong Li because she is from the northern part of China. I hope that the audience who watched this film do not have an impression that the Hong Kong people are rude. It is not turth. Generally speaking, most Hong Kong people are polite and conservative. The photographers did a very good job. They successfully depicted the lankmarks of Hong Kong, including the City Hall, The Shanghai and Hong Kong Corporation Banking Headquarter, Mandarin Hotel, Temple Street, Mongkok, Central District, etc.
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on August 10, 1999
This is a great love story, but it just doesn't quite make it to rise above average. The story is just a little too tired. However, it is a must see for all Gong Li fans. She is absolutely striking and creates one of the best seduction scenes on film without ever exposing any skin. The main problem is that we just don't get enough of her and as usual, no one as yet has been able to cast a male opposite her with enough strength to really create the great screen love that she needs to make her a superstar. In other words, Irons, while an excellent actor, is more like Leslie Howard, while the viewer longs for Li to find a Clark Gable, "Soldier of Fortune", Bogart or Tyrone Power to rescue her.
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on June 22, 2015
I had not seen this in many years but when I did I totally remember being in Hong Kong before this and after this time (the change over).
So in away it was very much portrayed correctly about the change/take over, but when I watched it years before I don't think that was what I took from it, and why I purchased it this time, this time I was just replacing old VHS tapes that could not longer be watched, so now I realize the changes that Hong Kong has gone through, non the less it is life.
Movie is good, but is old, and for some of us who have lived there it will have some form of impact.
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on March 9, 1999
The Chinese Box is a film that draws parallels between the relationship of Jeremy Irons and Gong Li to that of the Hong Kong handover. It is far from Irons' best performance, and I was dissapointed by Li's miniscule role in the film. Such a wonderful actress could've been given more lines despite her shaky english. Oh, and it was a little slow.
Despite all this, the film does manage to draw you in somewhat and you end up caring about what happens to the two character. In the end, it's worth a view... but not twenty dollars.
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