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Laramie Movie Scope:
Red Corner

A story about love and justice in a very unlikely place

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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August 31, 1997 -- "Red Corner" is a very well-intentioned movie about a man trying to get justice in a judicial system that wasn't designed for justice at all.

The film stars Richard Gere as Jack Moore, a lawyer who is framed for murder while on an extended business trip to China to negotiate a television contract with the government. Moore's case seems to be hopeless, especially since his court-appointed attorney, Yeulin (Bai Ling), believes him be guilty and insists on a guilty plea.

Not only that, but the woman Moore is accused of killing just happens to be the daughter of a Chinese general with numerous powerful political connections in the Communist party. Given that the deck is stacked against him so heavily, it would seem unlikely that Moore would surrender to Chinese authorities after escaping to the safety of the U.S. embassy, but he does. Why?

The reason Moore abandons the sanctuary of the embassy is because his court-appointed lawyer, Yeulin, has become his best ally. She has become the only person he can depend on. Of course this soon turns into a love story.

Bai Ling does a very good job in her role as the lawyer who is at first skeptical and later convinced of the innocence of her client. She blossoms gloriously from a bystander in life to a true hero. Gere plays his part with the passion of a true zealot on the issue of human rights in China and Tibet, which is. Although the film does require some suspension of disbelief it turns out to be an exceptional love story and a good courtroom drama. It rates a B.

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Copyright © 1997 Robert Roten. All rights reserved.
Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder.
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