Chinese Box (1997) - Drama, Romance

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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong
Length: 99 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 42 found boring (30.95%)

One-line Reviews (29)

Some might find the political overtone - a rather negative focus on the 1997 handover (suicide, etc), a bit predictable and cliché.

Thoroughly Enjoyable .

Heartbreakingly beautiful, moving, stunning .

Irons takes an interest in filming her and the disjointed scenes of the Hong Kong streets.

Film tries very hard to be thought provoking in it's overall message with the characters but it just seems to come off as ponderous.

She is a beautiful actress with a mysterious way about her that makes her truly fascinating.

Fine Actors wasted in a dull, boring film.

I rate it "6" of 10 and worth a view for anyone who likes slow-moving, complexly developed relationships.

Simplistic movie, but worth watching .

You would thing that with an intriguing setting like Hong Kong and a wonderful actor like Irons, SOME sort of decent story could have been put together.

Chinese BORING .

A imperfect film to my tastes, but definitely worth watching for two elements, the French connection and the enfolding of stories.

I liked this movie, but I thought it was a little confusing in some parts.

I think perhaps the only drawback is Maggie Cheung's character, as it seems a little pointless.

the movie was neither boring or disgusting.

The story is extremely moving, Hong Kong seemed fascinating, there was amazing imagery and chemistry between Irons and Li.

Interesting but very slow.

it just leaves me bored and in drastic need of reinspiration from other sources.

("This was the street where I bought my t-shirt", "Here's a shot of the traffic in the street" etc -you get my drift) In a word -boring.

Gong Li and Jeremy Irons were fabulous along with Maggie Cheung who played a fascinating character.

One of the worst movie in history .

Gong Li is more enjoyable on her deeper roles (such as Temptress Moon and Raise the Red Lantern), as opposed to the shallow one turned in here, due to playing a shallow character (as with Shanghai Triad), or one which does not seem to break out into the foreground, perhaps compounded by being clumsily mashed into an English-speaking role.

All that said, 'Chinese Box' was very well done and fascinating.

Maggie Cheung's coming of Age .

But unlike other movies where remaining elusive to the viewer is the goal (like "Donnie Darko"), "Chinese Box" eventually grows boring.

It is pointless, boring, and a true disappointment.

Irons plays a man paid to tell "the story" on Hong Kong, who realizes the current story is empty and the "new" story (by the great inventors of history, the communists) will differ only superficially.

There are some isolated scenes that work, but over all it's a pretty dull film.

It is akin to watching the ponderous antics of amateur actors who think they are doing "intellectual" stuff just because they are pausing in all the "right" places as they struggle through the bare script down at the local y.