6.3/10
117
1 user 1 critic

Shadow of China (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama | 12 May 1990 (Japan)
A Chinese political refugee tries to make his way to the top as a businessman in Hong Kong while his former radicalism is transformed into cynicism. His past comes back to haunt him.

Director:

Mitsuo Yanagimachi

Writers:

Masaaki Nishiki (novel), Richard Maxwell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best ... See full summary »

Director: John Ruane
Stars: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, John Clarke
The Moderns (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A struggling artist is hired to forge paintings, causing him to cross paths with his ex-wife and her powerful new husband.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Wallace Shawn
Shanghai 1920 (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Billy Fong, a Chinese boy working the Shanghai docks, becomes friends with Dawson Cole, the spoiled son of an American shipping tycoon. As adults, the friends become business partners. ... See full summary »

Director: Po-Chih Leong
Stars: John Lone, Adrian Pasdar, Fennie Yuen
Iceman (1984)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A prehistoric Neanderthal man found frozen in ice is revived by an arctic exploration team, who then attempt to use him for their own scientific means.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse, John Lone
History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A poor young woman in 1930's Australia falls in love with a dashing but arrogant teacher who preaches free love and watered down socialist precepts. She follows him to England, meeting a ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Wallace
Stars: Helen Buday, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The love story between an Australian woman and a Balinese dancer.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Wendy Hughes, John Lone, Steve Jacobs
Enigma (1982)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A C.I.A. Agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Brigitte Fossey
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

WWII. In German occupied Paris, Helene is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jodie Foster, Michael Ontkean, Sam Neill
Hostage (1992)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

UK black ops agent is sent to Argentina to find a kidnapped special ops analyst and take out the terrorists who took him. When a pretty girl who may somehow be involved catches his eye things get very complicated fast.

Director: Robert Young
Stars: Sam Neill, Talisa Soto, James Fox
Leap of Faith (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young wife is told she has inoperable cancer. Her husband is in denial, her family devastated, but she refuses to give up and desperately searches for alternative means of healing. Based on true events.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Anne Archer, Sam Neill, Frances Lee McCain
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fourth adaptation and first made for television of the classic Australian bushranger novel "Robbery Under Arms" by Rolf Boldrewood. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation during the ... See full summary »

Directors: Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam
Stars: Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Christopher Cummins
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped.

Director: Gaylene Preston
Stars: Rachael Blake, Robyn Malcolm, Madeleine Sami
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Lone ... Henry
Kôichi Satô ... Akira
Sammi Davis ... Katharine
Vivian Wu ... Moo-Ling
Roland Harrah III Roland Harrah III ... Xiao Niu
Roy Chiao ... Lee Hok Chow
Constantine Gregory ... Jameson
Colin George Colin George ... Burke
Kenneth Tsang ... Mr. Lau
Dennis Chan ... Mr. Wu
Fredric Mao Fredric Mao ... Chi Fung
Simon Yam ... Po Kok
Ken Bennett Ken Bennett ... Watson
Yukio Yamato Yukio Yamato ... Chen
Junko Takazawa Junko Takazawa ... Phantom Mother
Edit

Storyline

During Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, idealistic anticommunist Henry Wong fled mainland China as a political refugee with his then girlfriend, Moo-Ling. He built himself a new life in Hong Kong and eventually became a slick rich banker with political ambitions. At present, he's having an affair with Katharine, a married Englishwoman, and wants to take over the influential local Chinese-language newspaper in order to try to influence political changes in China. Moo-Ling also lives in Hong Kong, where she works as a nightclub singer. Japanese journalist, Akira, befriends her in order to find out more about Henry's past. Hong Kong is about to become part of China again soon, student demonstrations are erupting in Beijing and Akira is getting closer to the shady truth behind Henry's initial financial success. The future seems uncertain for everyone.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

China Shadow See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$55,166

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,166
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First co-production between Japan and the USA entirely financed in Japan. English language directorial debut for Mitsuo Yanagimachi. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The quest of one's own identity, and meaning of life.
17 August 2000 | by iunicornSee all my reviews

The Director blends philosophy into his own movie. The quest is that what if he is of another race. It is not as superficial as what if I am an American or a Japanese. The exploration here is that Henry has made it all, and he searches for the meaning of life, and he finally goes back to where he comes from, and he is happy with all that. Everything is symbolic in this film. It touches on themes like absurdity of life, the French existentialism, ends with the Oriental ideas, that Henry finally gets a chance to know himself, and what treasure in the materialistic life is greater than knowing thy oneself. If you are searching for something deeper, this will certainly help you to find out more about yourself.


13 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed