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Chinese Box

16 Mar

From the Phoenix Archives May, 1998.

Puzzle Box

Wayne Wang’s Hong Kong story

by Tom Meek

CHINESE BOX, Directed by Wayne Wang. Written by Jean-Claude Carrière and Larry Gross based on a story by Paul Theroux, Wang, and Carrière. With Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui, and Rubén Blades.

Wayne Wang’s reputation as a director has unfairly hung on the immense and largely synthetic success of The Joy Luck Club. Whereas his ethnic and cinematic pride infused Amy Tan’s stiff adaptation of her bestselling novel with a soaking visual richness, Wang later, in two improvisational collaborations with writer Paul Auster (Smoke and Blue in the Face), proved himself a free-spirited filmmaker as he rekindled the quirky, on-the-street atmosphere that had been absent from his works since his American debut, Chan Is Missing. That’s whyChinese Box is such a refreshingly raw, emotional odyssey: Continue reading