Red Corner is a 1997 American mystery thriller film directed by Jon Avnet, and stars Richard Gere, Bai Ling and Bradley Whitford. Written by Robert King, the film is about an American businessman on business in China who ends up wrongfully on trial for murder. His only hope of exoneration and freedom is a female defense lawyer from the country. The film received the 1997 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award (Richard Gere, Jon Avnet) and the NBR Award for Breakthrough Female Performance (Bai Ling). Ling also won the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress.
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Red Corner (1997)
Directed by Jon Avnet
Genres - Drama | Sub-Genres - Political Drama, Courtroom Drama | Release Date - Oct 31, 1997 (USA) | Run Time - 122 min. | Countries - USA | MPAA Rating - R
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The strong anti-China beliefs of actor and political activist Richard Gere were evident in this Hitchcockian thriller that sought to expose the civil and human rights abuses of that country's legal system. Gere stars as Jack Moore, counsel to a large media conglomerate seeking to open trade relations with China, thereby delivering American television shows by satellite to the largest untapped market in the world. After an evening out at a nightclub and fashion show, Jack goes home with a beautiful model (Jessey Meng), then wakes up the next morning to discover her dead body. To his horror, Jack is accused of murdering the girl, who is revealed to have been the daughter of a high-ranking general. Assigned a court-appointed lawyer, Shen Yuelin (Bai Ling), Jack discovers that the repressive Chinese court system does not grant bail, encourages quick guilty pleas and executions, and looks upon him with disfavor for his Western moral turpitude. Finally persuading Shen that he's innocent, Jack and his lawyer embark on an investigation impeded at every turn by Chinese authorities, eventually uncovering a plot to discredit Jack and his company's entry into China.
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American [nationality], False-Accusation, Frame-Up, Lawyer, General, Abroad, Culture Clash, Murder Investigations, Political Corruption, Wrongly Committed, Food for Thought, Totalitarian States, Americans, Corruption, Pond, Separation Of Powers, Prison, Courtroom, Television Industry, Torture, Embassy, Courage, Bamboo, Human Rights, Cultural Revolution, Female Stockinged Foot, English Subtitles In Original, Female To Male Foot In Crotch, Female Nudity, Male Nudity, Suspense, Assassination Attempt, Frame Up, Controversy, Hitchcockian, Political Thriller, Two Word Title, Murder Investigation
Leniency for those who confess...
Rated R for some violence and a scene of sexuality
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