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Red Corner [DVD] [1998]


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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Bai Ling, Bradley Whitford, Byron Mann, Peter Donat
  • Directors: Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Robert King
  • Producers: Jon Avnet, Baifang Liu, Charles Mulvehill, Gail Katz, Jordan Kerner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYR7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

Feature-length stereo commentary by director, Jon Avnet
Original Theatrical Trailer
8 page booklet featuring exclusive trivia and production notes
Interactive menus and chapter search
Soundtrack: English/French/German/Sapnish/Italian
Subtitles: English/German/Dutch/French/Italian/Spanish/Portuguese/Swedish/Danish/Norweigan/Finnish/English for the Hard of Hearing

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Using a faulty thriller for his soapbox as an outspoken critic of China, a devout follower of the Dalai Lama, and an influential supporter of Tibetan freedom, Richard Gere resorts to the equivalent of propagandistic drama to deliver a heavy-handed message. In other words, Red Corner relies on a dubious strategy to promote political awareness, but director Jon Avnet appeals to the viewer's outrage with such effective urgency that you're likely to forget you're being shamelessly manipulated. Gere plays a downtrodden TV executive who sells syndicated shows on the global market, and during a business trip to China he finds himself framed for the murder of the sexy daughter of a high Chinese official. Once trapped in a legal system in which his innocence will be all but impossible to prove, Gere must rely on a Chinese-appointed lawyer (played by Bai Ling) who first advises him to plead guilty but gradually grows convinced of foul play. Barely attempting to hide its agenda, Red Corner effectively sets the stage for abundant anti-Chinese sentiment, and to be sure, the movie gains powerful momentum with its tale of justice gone awry. It's a serious-minded, high-intensity courtroom drama with noble intentions, but one wonder if it has to be so conspicuously lacking in subtlety. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Dismissed unfairly as a vanity project, Red Corner is in fact a clever blend of suspense, polemic and near-romance which explores the contrast between the idealised communist and westernised post-Mao China. Richard Gere is well-cast as the sophisticated international marketeer who falls prey to a greedy and ruthless modern-day Chinese business-man corrupted by western business 'ethics'. High production values and good casting add to an interesting if imaginative exploration of corruption in Beijing. Although American consuls, Chinese military officers and members of the judiciary, as well as businessmen, are portrayed as stereotypes, the good guys and the bad guys are not always whom you expect. Worth a viewing for the glimpses of Beijing as well as for Bai Ling's luminous beauty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Nov 2010
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GERE IS A BUSINESSMAN WRONGLY ACCUSED OF MURDER ON A BUSINESS TRIP TO CHINA. BAI LING IS HIS SCEPTICAL LAWYER, WHO RELUCTANTLY AGREES TO DEFEND HIM DESPITE HER PRIVATE CONVICTION THAT HE'S GUILTY. HOWEVER WHEN SHE REALISES HE'S BEEN FRAMED SHE BECOMES HIS ONLY ALLY WHEN EVEN HIS 'FRIENDS' AT THE AMERICAN EMBASSY FAIL TO SUPPORT HIM.BOTH AN INTRIGUING THRILLER AND A CHARACTER STUDY, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE FILMS THAT DESERVED A BIGGER AUDIENCE. THE PERFORMANCES OF GERE AND BAI LING CARRY THIS MOVIE, BUT IT'S AN INTERESTING LOOK AT LIFE BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN - AND AN UNBIASED ONE, DESPITE WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT SAY.

I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE FILM, WHICH ARRIVED SPEEDILY AND IN PERFECT CONDITION.

I'M VERY SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE FROM AMAZON.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 12 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Jack Moore, a high-profile international lawyer, is in China for business. Moore sleeps with a young woman, and wakes up to find her dead in his bed.

Falsely accused of murder, Moore's only chance is his Chinese advocate Yuelin.

The rules and laws are different, and Moore must convince Yuelin of his innocence and unravel the chain of events that entrapped him...

One cannot deny that Gere is very good in this movie, it's one of his best roles without Julia Roberts being involved, but the whole thing is a little overlong, and very boring.

It's not Geres fault, it's the script and the narrative just plods on and focuses too much on him alone and complaining that his earphone/telephone isn't working.

But it wouldn't hurt to just have a couple of exciting scenes? The one scenes with him running toward the embassy is a little too late, another case of a deceptive trailer.

so all in all, Gere is good, film isn't, and it all has a 'Rising Sun' feel to it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2001
Format: DVD
In 'Red Corner' Richard Gere plays a lawyer doing business in China. He sleeps with a local lady of questionable morality and next morning wakes to find her dead. Gere is framed for her murder and in China, according to this movie, you're guilty until proven innocent.
Weighing in at just over two hours the film never sags and Director Jon Avnet manages to hold the interest, especially when the lovely Bai Ling is appointed to defend Gere. There is little to make 'Red Corner' more than an average thriller but you could do worse on a cold winter's night than curl up with the DVD and let your brain ignore the plot inconsistencies or the depiction of the Chinese authorities as heartless, murderous villains. Gere grins and bears it all manfully and his suits look good even under extreme pressure but it is Bai Ling who shines in the pedestrian plot. She's alone worth the price of admission.
The DVD features a Director's feature length commentary and a theatrical trailer. The sound is good and the photography excellent. 'Red Corner' - like its unimaginative title - is good enough but it could have been a whole lot better if the screenplay had been a little more edgy and intelligent. Still, if you're not too particular you may enjoy this fairly interesting action packed thriller.
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By paul191 on 30 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
all ok
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By Martyn Cavill on 3 Dec 2013
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Richard Gere is super as always. The storyline is unusual, fast moving without gratuitous violence and not predictable. One to watch.
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Yes the girlfriend is a Gere fan!! Discovered to my pleasant surprise its a good film!! So thats everybody happy...result!!!!
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By just me on 21 July 2013
Format: VHS Tape
I re-watched my tape of this movie after many years and was pleasantly surprised. It held my interest throughout and gave an interesting glimpse of how the Chinese legal system works. I'm now thinking of buying the dvd.
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