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4.0 out of 5 stars RED CORNER
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Red Corner - is China turning too far west?
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Red Corner - is China turning too far west?, 1 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Red Corner [VHS] [1998] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars RED CORNER, 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Shoot me twice..., 12 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Red Corner [DVD] [1998] (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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gere's putting on the agony, 19 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Red Corner [DVD] [1998] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars depends what you're looking for, 5 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Red Corner [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
It could actually have been a very good film apart from the fact that the characters were too black and white. The story was sometimes unintentially(?) ridiculously funny (a young Hacker, Gere getting scratches instead of broken bones, hair too-well groomed despite several days in his 1 Star Hotel,how to learn Chinese law for Dummies in the dark, find out that the US Embassy is within walking/jumping distance in a city with "only" 12 Million (ok, 10 when this film was made)).OK, I am being a little picky. Although Gere is known for his political convictions,and I basically agree with him, having a go at China in this way seemed to me full of clichés and rather counter-productive. Also the behaviour of the US Embassy officials seemed to confirm my belief that some of the material was taken from "Midnight Express", which is for me a classic. However,if you are only wishing for a bit of action, a few surprises, learn a bit of Chinese, and don`t wish to have a discussion afterwards about Chinese politics, then this film is Ok..So, I'll give it 3 Stars (2 Stars for the Film plus 1 for looking at Ling Bai)which probably means this review will not be read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Corner, 31 July 2010
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I had seen this film before and only for the actress Bai Ling. She is the only reason to watch so if you do not like her forget this film. If you do then please buy a copy as it's one of the best acting parts she has been offered. And if you like her in this then buy "Dumplings:.
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4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected, 21 July 2013
This review is from: Red Corner [VHS] [1998] (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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change can only come from deep in your soul, 23 Dec. 2007
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This review is from: Red Corner [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
This is a poignant film about today's world and how change can come to a country, any country. In this case we are dealing with China. Corrupted people are framing up an American TV man in order to prevent a contract being signed that does not go in the right direction for their interests. The point is that the corrupted and plotting official is the son of a highly respected man, a son who was educated in the West and brought back his corruption, or at least a good knowledge and know how about it, from his foreign sojourn. He is using the opaque situation in changing China to cover up his dealings and has a little group of plotters and accomplices to manage his operations. But the film tries to show how the Chinese today are realizing from their own experience and history, even from their own culture that includes Mao Zedong and a couple other revolutionaries, that they have to change in their own minds and then change their country. This cannot come from outside, especially not from the US that is no model, neither social nor economic nor even political, but it has to come from inside, from deep down in the souls, the minds and the spirits of the Chinese. What is most difficult for us to understand is that the Chinese live on a completely different set of principles and concepts and that they have to invent a new open society from their very concepts and philosophy. Democracy for example cannot be the same thing in China and the USA or France, for the very simple reason that it is not the same in the USA, Great Britain, France of Italy, not to speak of Japan and Finland. There is not one model. There are many models that are therefore no models at all. The film very carefully and cautiously tries to show us how the mind of a person can open little by little when confronted to real life if that person is simply honest with himself or herself, with his or her own principles, with his or her conception of justice. This leads that person to considering the very concept of human being, of individual, of subject, of what is necessary for that individual to feel free and happy. The very point we are confronted to with China is that it is one fourth of humanity or so and no one has any interest in a brutal and uncontrolled change in a direction that is not carried and supported by the heritage of the country, its history, its culture. The United States have a strange but understandable reaction in front of the rest of the world because they are all the descendants of immigrants who left a culture and a history behind them to build out of conscious and willful choices a new history and a new culture, a heritage that became something that had to be built out of nothing or very little. They cannot understand that other countries will not be able to do any change that would break up the fabric and material of the country itself. If you did that you would provoke a ferocious reaction that could just wash you away in one wink of an eye. Actually the Americans today are not better or worse than other countries and peoples. If we from outside told them you have to rationalize your political system on the let's say German model, they would jump to the sky, and yet how can we accept that the political system is not the same in all the states, that citizens have to publicly declare themselves democrat or republican to be able to take part in the primaries, which goes against the very principle of democracy which is the secrecy of our political choices and our ballots. And If Europeans told the United States that they have to ban the death penalty within one or two or three years to be granted the privilege of being recognized as a democracy and keep the status of permanent veto-endowed member of the Security Council of the United Nations that could be withdrawn from them because of their not having banned the death penalty, they would react violently and viciously. Yet to join the European Community you have to ban the death penalty. This film is a marvelous demonstration of this fascinating question, even if it is slightly sentimental.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Got it for the girlfriend!!, 4 Oct. 2013
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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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