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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Richard Gere Freedom of Expression Award 1997 Winner
National Board of Review Jon Avnet Freedom of Expression Award 1997 Winner
National Board of Review Bai Ling Best Breakthrough Performer 1997 Winner

Cast

Richard Gere
as Jack Moore
Bai Ling
as Shen Yuelin
Bradley Whitford
as Bob Ghery
Byron Mann
as Lin Dan
Peter Donat
as David McAndrews
Robert Stanton
as Ed Pratt
Tsai Chin
as Chairman Xu
James Hong
as Lin Shou
James Fox
as Li Cheng
Ulrich Matschoss
as Gerhardt Hoffman
Richard Venture
as Ambassador Reed
Jessey Meng
as Hong Ling

Crew

Jon Avnet
Director
Jon Avnet
Producer
Rosalie Swedlin
Producer
Jordan Kerner
Producer
Charles B. Mulvehill
Producer
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Peter E. Berger
Editor
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Virginia Randolph-Weaver
Art Director
Lisa Lindstrom
Co-producer
Martin Huberty
Co-producer
Nadine Schiff
Associate Producer
Liu Baifang
Associate Producer
Wolfgang Petersen
Executive Producer
Gail Katz
Executive Producer
James F. Truesdale
Set Designer
Patricia Klawonn
Set Designer
George R. Lee
Set Designer
Hugo Santiago
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Jeff Wexler
Sound/Sound Designer
John Hockridge
First Assistant Director
David McGiffert
First Assistant Director
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Pilot
Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunts Coordinator
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