Red Corner (1997)
Wonder if they'll ever dare paint a picture of China like this in a movie again.
Maybe it's what they wanted back then, one to deter resistance, but now?
I doubt it. It's all about propaganda, and this intro was, somewhat anonymous as it may seem, one of the strictest presentations of China that I've ever seen.
But after that it gets real serious. It's a court room case in China. You know how that goes.
What you maybe don't know is that there's some romance involved too, a nicely coordinated rooftop chase, and a pretty solid depiction of Chinese social hierarchy. I really am surprised they let this fly. At the same time it shows their strength, and their adaptability, and commitment, and when it's all said and done maybe it's not so bad after all.
Props Richard Gere on a role well-played, even if he's sometimes just a little too American. Rash, bold and unfastened. That could've been different. Props Bai Ling too. For showing that the regime is not synonymous with the people. And a good act.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle