R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An American attorney on business in China is wrongfully arrested and put on trial for murder, with a female defense lawyer from the country the only key to proving his innocence.
Production designer Richard Sylbert took two research trips to China, where he took over 1,500 photographs in order to provide himself with real-life references for the film's massive sets.
When I was a child I would come to this park and play, and my grandmother would tell me why the bamboo was here. She said, it is waiting for the wind to touch it. It is filled with emotion. Listen to the sound, and you can feel that.
During the trial the defendant's shirt is produced and the question is asked as to the nature of the chemical smell that has been detected. The investigating officer states it is either ether or chloroform. While ether has a very strong and distinctive odor, chloroform is virtually odorless.
The opening title is first displayed in Chinese "letters" (called hanzi) which then change into English.
$7,403,362 (USA) (2 November 1997)
$22,415,440 (USA) (23 January 1998)
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