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 41 found boring (31.7%)

One-line Reviews (29)

Maggie Cheung's coming of Age .

Thoroughly Enjoyable .

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

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

Fine Actors wasted in a dull, boring film.

It is pointless, boring, and a true disappointment.

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

One of the worst movie in history .

Heartbreakingly beautiful, moving, stunning .

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

The camera loves its four main characters -- stunning Gong Li, a mellowing Jeremy Irons, Maggie Cheung (an interesting actress I'd never seen previously), and in-your-face Hong Kong during its 1997 handover.

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

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.

Chinese BORING .

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

Simplistic movie, but worth watching .

Interesting but very slow.

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.

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

("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.

the movie was neither boring or disgusting.