China Girl (1987)

Original Title : China Girl
Director : Abel Ferrara
Writer : Nicholas St. John
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Mitchell Cannold , Mary Kane , Michael Nozik , Steven Reuther
Music : Joe Delia
Photography : Bojan Bazelli
IMDB ID : 0092751
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poster for "China Girl" by Abel Ferrara (1987)
China Girl (1987) - Abel Ferrara


¬James Russo Alby
¬Richard Panebianco Tony
¬Sari Chang Tye
¬David Caruso Mercury
¬Russell Wong Yung Gan
¬Joey Chin Tsu Shin
¬Judith Malina Mrs. Monte
¬James Hong Gung Tu
¬Robert Miano Enrico Perito
¬Paul Hipp Nino
¬Doreen Chan Gau Shing
¬Randy Sabusawa Ma Fan
¬Keenan Leung Ying Tz
¬Lum Chang Pan Da Shan
¬Sammy Lee Mohawk
¬Johnny Shia Jimmy Bing
¬Stephan Chen Mr. Tang
¬Raymond Moy Tommy Chyan
¬Josephina Gallego-D√≠az Rosetta
¬Caprice Theresa
¬Anthony Dante Costare
¬Robert LaSardo Carlo Forza
¬Chi Moy Yang
¬David Kelsey Reilly Mounted Policeman I
¬Joe Pentangelo Mounted Policeman II
¬Anthony Esposito Don Carlucci
¬Diane Cheng Nyu Ren
¬Frank Young Waiter
¬John 'Cha Cha' Ciarcia Cha Cha
¬John Orofino Nicky (as Jon Orofino
¬Ida Bernardini Rosa (as Ida Bernadini
¬Nancy Moo Nightclub Dancer
¬Jadin Wong Mrs. Lei
¬Carole Cortland Italian Woman
¬Denise Leong Mei
¬Ednah Holt Background Singer
¬Francis Maiorino Michael


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.


Okay action flick almost done in by the lack of chemistry between two leads ROMEO AND JULIET begat WEST SIDE STORY which begat CHINA GIRL. To say the plot of CHINA GIRL is good is stating the obvious: how are you going to improve on Shakespear? Story old as time there are two young lovers who meet at a party and fall in love while dancing together. They come from feauding families. The boy is Italian and the girl is Chinese in this case. They both have friends and family who are hoodlums. They are continually told to stay in thier own neighborhoods, but of course this leads to them sneaking around to meet. Both leads are attractive but not great actors. The thing that annoyed me about this film was the lack of chemistry. Watch the sex scene. Look at the girls face. She does not even seem to be enjoying herself, let alone in passionate rapture. This is the sort of sex scene usually seen in movies about sad, poor, or even drug hazed people. The storyline needs to capitalize on these two being so in love they cant bare to be apart, and thier lack of chemistry muddles this.
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China Girl (1987) - Abel Ferrara