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Red Corner

Red Corner (1997)

October. 30,1997
| Drama Thriller Crime

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


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I like the storyline of this show,it attract me so much


Very well executed


Excellent, Without a doubt!!


The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.


I wish Gilbert and Sullivan were alive to adapt "Red Corner" into one of their operettas. Preposterous story lines, unintentionally amusing dialogue and actions that G.&S. of course, would intentionally make into comedy (unlike what the writer of Red Corner and the hack director achieved), though perhaps I should give it another star because of the dozen or so laughs I did have. You praising folks want an example of the unintentional comedy? The scene where Richard Gere suddenly transforms from media executive to action hero after a seasoned hit man impossibly bungles shooting Gere and Bai Ling in a stalled limo. The un-hit man flees the scene with Gere in full pursuit, Gere loses sight of him but continues chasing something through a maze of alleyways; the big laugh of this scene is when Gere, riding a bicycle (with handcuffs on yet) is being pursued by a motorcycle cop who is closing in on him rapidly but eludes capture when the cop, apparently riding a motorcycle for the first time, slides on something in the street and wipes out. The truly grandest comedic moment in the movie though was the big production number at the end when the court proceedings become a shambles of story rabbits being pulled out of Bugs Bunny's body. It made me think of adding Perry Mason to the stateroom scene in "A Night At The Opera". A laugh a minute.


This is a really boring and probably unrealistic movie.I don't believe the Chinese authorities would treat a foreign man accused of murder like they do i in this film. They would not refuse him to speak to an official from the US Embassy and they would not refuse him a lawyer from his own country. This is just a typical prejudicial way to represent China in American movies.That having been said I've never seen a movie before with such a promising premise, being made so utterly boring.Geres character is not very likable from the start so as an audience we really don't care what happens to him. We don't get to know him at all before he is arrested and he is acting completely irrational several times during the trial. The worst moment in his movie is when he, after having successfully escaped and gotten to the US embassy, out of some misguided stupid loyalty to his Chinese lawyer,gives himself up again to the Chinese authority, knowing they will shoot him even though he is innocent. At that point I was thinking: this guy is a moron with a death wish, just shoot him already so the movie can end. And during his escape he can outrun and out-bike-ride armed men, some of the on motorcycles. Give me a break.Don't waste time on this crap unless you have trouble sleeping. In that case this movie is the perfect sleeping pill.The

Neil Welch

Jack Moore (Richard Gere) is an American TV executive in Beijing trying to put together a deal for supplying material to China. He catches the eye of a Chinese girl and they head off to his hotel room: the next morning he wakes to find himself covered in her blood and taken away by the authorities to face trial for her murder. He discovers that the Chinese justice system works on very different lines to the US system. With the help of a female Chinese advocate he begins to try to make sense of what has happened to him.This film is mostly a cross between a paranoia thriller and a courtroom drama, with some action sequences which don't fit that comfortably, and some interesting overtones about how to find justice in a system which encourages confession to obtain leniency, and a woman's place in a system which is, in some respects, strongly feudal.There is an irritating moment about halfway through where the plot is moved along by an accidental, fortuitous, and completely improbable discovery by Gere (he catches a bit of a TV broadcast filling in a convenient gap in his knowledge).Gere is good as a man whose self-confidence and arrogance is gradually worn away by the reality of a system which simply won't permit them to exist.Bai Ling is better as his Chinese advocate - realistic, dignified, recognising the need to work within the system as it as, and a woman of intelligence in a culture which does not value her qualities in the way they would be valued in the West.The Beijing setting is unusual, atmospheric and convincing. The film is gripping throughout and a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting movie.


Don't let the one star ratings that other people have given Red Corner fool you - Manos: The Hands of Fate this is not. Nonetheless, it's a very dull film, with pedestrian direction and pretty unconvincing acting. Richard Gere and Bai Ling have zero chemistry together, and having to watch Bai Ling try to emote is a bit painful. Gere is just his usually smug self, woefully out of place for the substance (what little there is) of a film like this. The plot is shallow and hackneyed as well. The prime fault of this film, though, is just how overwhelmingly devoid of any aesthetic or artistic sensibility it actually is; it's like a movie of the week, from the melodramatic music to the cardboard characters. Chinese communism is a ripe target for thought-provoking films but this one totally misses the mark. Only the dullest among us would find this tripe 'under-rated' as one IMDb commenter put it. No accounting for taste, I suppose.