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China Girl [DVD]

James Russo , Richard Panebianco , Abel Ferrara    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Russo, Richard Panebianco, Sari Chang, David Caruso, Russell Wong
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Producers: Michael Nozik
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RW1A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



China Girl is a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliette Abel Ferrara-style--which is to say West Side Story redone without the songs. The ethnicities updated to a 1987 focusing on the New York City clash between the Italians and the Chinese, and there is a lot more gritty on-the-streets action.

China Girl offers a lower intensity than most Ferrara movies, revolving not around a lone obsessive Driller Killer--such as the Ms.45, King of New York, Bad Lieutenant figure--but a pair of fairly bland young lovers, played by actors who get an "and introducing" credit but don't seem to have done much since, Richard Panebianco and Sari Chang. However, Ferrara does have a great collection of New York acting talents in support, with James Russo, David Caruso and Robert Miano in the Eastern camp and Russell Wong, Joey Chin and James Hong in the Triad gang.

The feud situation is even more complex than in most versions of the story as the gang-fight clashes between Italian hoods and Chinese thugs are contrasted with the mock-civilised behaviour of each community's criminal elder statesmen. Like most Ferrara films, it's ragged around the edges and mixes scenes of silent movie-style melodrama with others that seem utterly real. Always a great low-budget action director, he scores here with many scrambles over chainlink fences, knife-fights in neon-lit alleyways and what other director would smash a statue of the madonna and leave her head spinning in a gutter? Fifteen years later and the film has a real 80s feel in its crowded disco scenes, with pumped-up and preening youths and surprisingly resonant rock score. --Kim Newman

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs. ...China Girl (UK)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 22 July 2008
The basic story..There is gang warfare between Chinatown and Little Italy. When a Chinese girl and Italian boy fall in love it can only lead to tragedy as the violence gets out of control.
Abel Ferrara is one of my favourite American directors and "China Girl" is an entertaining and atmospheric crime thriller. It's fast paced and gritty but not as sleazy as most of the directors other work. Right from the start it's easy to tell this is an Abel Ferrara film with its raw feel, moody visuals, religious symbolism etc. The action is violent and bloody with some great fights and although this type of story is familiar it remains fresh and is very enjoyable. The relationship between the doomed lovers is convincing and touching and there's a good supporting cast including James Russo and David Caruso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 9 Jan 2014
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A very powerful movie.It is easy to understand the struggles and conflicts between two races.Amazing movie.Watched it over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to Romeo and Juliet 9 Jan 2014
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A very colourful and fast moving film starring David Caruso, but not the best role for him. He made a good job from a poorly scripted part, but the whole film was lacking in impact. Not the fault of the actors but it has been added to my growing Caruso collection and will get watched again. It contains the usual love and violence of family feuds and division resulting in tragedy based on Romeo and Juliet, but Caruso was not cast in the right part or on screen enough, and apart from him not a big name production.
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