Chinese Box B
Almost in full circle, Wayne Wang returned to Hong Kong to shoot his feature ”Chinese Box,” an ambiguous love poem to the international city just as it was changing political hands, going back to Chinese control after 156 years of British rule.
Strong on ambience and nuance, but hampered by a loose, amorphous narrative (co-written by Jean-Claude Carriere, Paul Theroux, and Wang), it relates a bizarre, disintegrating romance between a dying British journalist (Jeremy Irons) and a beautiful bar hostess (Gong Li), a mainland refugee.
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