Chinese Box

Synopsis: John is an English photojournalist who has spent over a decade in Hong Kong; his friend Jim often crashes in his cramped apartment. 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, 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Wayne Wang
Production: Trimark
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

If they could see what I see,

hidden in her eyes.

There's an old game we play,

telling ourselves this is enough.

I want to ask

you something.


I want to ask

you something.

All right,

ladies and gentlemen,

are we ready to celebrate

the last few seconds

of historic 1996

in Hong Kong?

Let's hope that the Hong Kong

that we know and love

will still be here,

same time next year!

Here we go,

count with me!











- Happy New Year, John.

- Happy New Year.

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year.

Stay back!

Stay back!

Stay back!

Stay back!

Stay back!

My action

is to stand against

the loss of personal

and cultural freedom

in Hong Kong after 1997.

This is just

a personal decision.

I don't want anybody

to be blamed.

Call the police!

Someone call the police!

Get a doctor!

Call for a doctor!

Oh my God.

Is a doctor here


Somebody call

for a doctor!

Keep them back!

Thousands mourned

the death of William Wong,

the student activist who shot himself at the

stroke of midnight

in front of the

up-market crowd

at the Hong Kong Club's

New Year's Eve Party.

The leader of the front-line

theater group, Eric Lee,

has admitted responsibility for helping

the distraught student

stage the suicide.

The group has described its action as

"The Theater of Assisted Suicide."

The city of hope is

becoming a city of fear.

Why? Because the Chinese

want to change all

the laws relating

to human rights.

They're taking that

refusal to admit mistakes

right there into the history

books in Hong Kong.

- So what are my kids asked...

- But that's face, isn't it?

Well, face maybe but there's

a certain thing called truth.

- And they don't admit it.

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Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière (French: [ka.ʁjɛʁ]; born 17 September 1931) is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school. Carrière was a frequent collaborator with Luis Buñuel on the screenplays of Buñuel's late French films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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