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China Girl (1987, Abel Ferrara)

TitleChina Girl
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorAbel Ferrara
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 30 mins
Play ConnectionsRomeo and Juliet (modernization)
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A modernized Romeo and Juliet in which "the star-crossed teens" are an Italian girl and Chinese boy on New York's lower east side. For example, the Capulet ballroom gets displaced into a ghetto dance hall

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

MercuryDavid Caruso
TyeSari Chang
Tsu ChinJoey Chin
Gung TuJames Hong
Mrs. MonteJudith Malina
TonyRichard Panebianco
AlbyJames Russo
Yung GanRussell Wong

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorAbel Ferrara
ProducerMichael Nozik
ComposerJoe Delia
ScreenplayNicholas St. John
CostumesRichard Hornung
LightingBojan Bazelli
ProductionDan Leigh

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell