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China Girl (1987)

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.

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Abel Ferrara
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Russo ... Alby
Richard Panebianco Richard Panebianco ... Tony
Sari Chang Sari Chang ... Tye
David Caruso ... Mercury
Russell Wong ... Yung Gan
Joey Chin Joey Chin ... Tsu Shin
Judith Malina ... Mrs. Monte
James Hong ... Gung Tu
Robert Miano ... Enrico Perito
Paul Hipp ... Nino
Doreen Chan Doreen Chan ... Gau Shing
Randy Sabusawa Randy Sabusawa ... Ma Fan
Keenan Leung Keenan Leung ... Ying Tz
Lum Chang Pang Lum Chang Pang ... Da Shan
Sammy Lee Sammy Lee ... Mohawk
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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. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

James Hong (Gung Tu) previously played in the unrelated film of the same name China Girl (1974). See more »

Quotes

Gung Tu: We must never allow ourselves to be divided by war... or to be interfered with by police investigations... all because a few reckless children cannot live within our tradition of our society. Our responsibility is to control our children.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a line: Dedicated to the people of Chinatown and Little Italy. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 7 seconds to remove the use of a butterfly knife. The Columbia DVD features the same cut print. See more »


Soundtracks

Walk This Way
Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry
Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc. and Uni Chappel Music, Inc.
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West Side Story updated to 1987
23 January 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Chinese gangs vs. Italian gangs in NYC in 1987. Tony (Richard Panebianco) and Tye (Sari Chang) meet and fall in love. Meanwhile Tye's brother hates all Italians and Tony's friends hate Chinese.

If you've seen "West Side Story" you know how this ends--but a bit more tragically in this movie. Plotwise it's very obvious but it's beautifully done. Filmed with energy, beautifully atmospheric (the sets and lighting are incredible), and full of bursts of ultraviolence. Most of the roles are well acted, especially by James Russo, David Caruso (chewing the scenery) and Russell Wong. As the young lovers Panebianco and Chang are, unfortunately, not that good. In a way it's understandable--he was only 16 when this was made and it's the first role for both. They're both very attractive (Panebianco is pretty buff with a baby face; Chang is delicate and beautiful) but have little to do other than kiss and act like they love each other. That isn't believable either since they have zero sexual chemistry. Still, they are sympathetic characters. Also, in a nice touch, Panebianco shows more skin than Chang in their sex scene.

This is really obscure and it doesn't deserve it. It had almost no release in 1987 (there were no stars to sell it) and was never a big hit on cable or video. Also Chang never made another movie and Panebianco disappeared after making a few more films (Whatever happened to him? He showed a lot of promise.). That's too bad--this deserves a bigger audience. Worth watching on cable or renting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China Girl See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$531,362, 27 September 1987

Gross USA:

$1,262,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,262,091
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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