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Wayne Wang

Chinese Box

Edition 1997
100' - 1997 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: English, Cantonese
Director: Wayne Wang With: Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Ruben Blades
Acclaimed director Wang returns to his native Hong Kong to tell the story of five star-crossed lovers just before the island’s take-over by China. There is John, a British journalist living in Hong Kong for the past 20 years, deeply and secretly in love with Vivian, a Chinese bar hostess turned night-club owner. There is Chang, Vivian’s lover and a rising figure among Hong Kong’s new power brokers. There is William, a wealthy young Englishman raised in the colony, and Jean, his Chinese girlfriend. Six months remain before the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. During this time of apprehension, excitement and fear, these five lives will become intimately intertwined in a passionate, exotic tale of joy, pain and self-discovery.

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Wayne Wang


Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Ruben Blades


Jean-Claude Carrière

Director of Photography

Vilko Filac


Christopher Tellefsen


Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jean-Louis Piel

More information


English, Cantonese

Countries of production

United States of America, Germany, France



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