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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun 2014
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all ok
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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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This review is from: Red Corner [DVD] [1998] (DVD)
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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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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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
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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