China Girl (1987)

R | 90 mins | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 25 September 1987

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HISTORY


       Principal photography began on 22 Sep 1986 in New York City, according to the 3 Oct 1986 DV production chart. The second feature produced in-house at Vestron Pictures, the film had a $3.5 million budget, as reported in the 3 Dec 1986 HR.
       China Girl opened on 110 screens on 25 Sep 1987, earning $918,055 after ten days of release, according to the 6 Oct 1987 DV box office charts.

      End credits include “special thanks” to: “Don Donigi; Richard Azzaro; Michael Sheppard; Johnny Vergara; Jordache Enterprises, Inc.; Matthew Iannielo, Jr.; Franky Cae; Joseph Esposito; Rocky Oliveri; Carmine Esposito; Vinnie Giona; Vincent Esposito; Al Goldman; Sally Liu; The New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Film, Theater and Broadcasting.”

              End credits also note the movie was “Filmed entirely on location in New York City.” ... More Less


       Principal photography began on 22 Sep 1986 in New York City, according to the 3 Oct 1986 DV production chart. The second feature produced in-house at Vestron Pictures, the film had a $3.5 million budget, as reported in the 3 Dec 1986 HR.
       China Girl opened on 110 screens on 25 Sep 1987, earning $918,055 after ten days of release, according to the 6 Oct 1987 DV box office charts.

      End credits include “special thanks” to: “Don Donigi; Richard Azzaro; Michael Sheppard; Johnny Vergara; Jordache Enterprises, Inc.; Matthew Iannielo, Jr.; Franky Cae; Joseph Esposito; Rocky Oliveri; Carmine Esposito; Vinnie Giona; Vincent Esposito; Al Goldman; Sally Liu; The New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Film, Theater and Broadcasting.”

              End credits also note the movie was “Filmed entirely on location in New York City.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Oct 1986.
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Daily Variety
22 May 1987.
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Daily Variety
6 Oct 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 1986
p. 1, 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 1987
p. 6, 14.
Los Angeles Times
25 Sep 1987
p. 20.
New York Times
25 Sep 1987
p. 16.
Variety
20 May 1987
p. 42.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
A Vestron Picture Presentation
In Association with Great American Film Limited Partnership
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
Loader
Best boy
Key grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Still photog
Still photog
Still photog
Still photog
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assoc ed/Video ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
Scenic artist
Scenic artist
Set dresser
Set dresser
Const coord
Builder
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Asst ward supv
Asst cost des
2d asst cost des
MUSIC
Mus
Mus mixer
Mus rec eng
Mus rec eng
Mus rec eng
Mus consultant
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
ADR ed
Synthesized backgrounds
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Synthesizer prgoammers
Synthesizer prgoammers
Dolby consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
DANCE
Dance choreog
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Creative consultant
Creative consultant
Auditor/Post-prod supv
Prod office coord
Asst prod office coord
Extras casting
Prod assoc
Scr supv
Loc coord
Loc asst
Loc asst
Loc asst
Asst accountant
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod asst
Craft service
Teamster capt
Driver
Driver
Accounting intern
Intern
Intern
Intern
Prod exec
Financial consultant
Post prod exec
Loc lighting, grip, trucks and generators supplied
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
SOURCES
SONGS
“Compulsion,” words and music by Crispin Cioe, Joe Delia and Sherryl Marshall , performed by Fonzi Thornton
“La Donna Mobile,” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” vocal performed by Rick Christman, accompanist Maura Waldman
“I Love You,” composed and performed by Douglas Metrov
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SONGS
“Compulsion,” words and music by Crispin Cioe, Joe Delia and Sherryl Marshall , performed by Fonzi Thornton
“La Donna Mobile,” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” vocal performed by Rick Christman, accompanist Maura Waldman
“I Love You,” composed and performed by Douglas Metrov
“Bewitched,” written by Lucia Hwong, performed and arranged by Yukio Tsuji and Lucia Hwong, recording engineered by Gene Ricciardi, courtesy of Private Music
“Sentimental Reasons,” written by W. Best and D. Watson, Dutchess Music Coporation, vocal performed by Peter Yellen, arrangement by Joe Delia
“Land So Far Away,” lyrics by Bonnie Rae, music by Gordon Grip, performed by Bonnie and the Lads
“Walk This Way,” written by Steve Tyler and Joe Perry, performed by Run D.M.C., courtesy of Profile Records, Inc. and Uni Chappel Music, Inc.
“Blue With Me,” composed and performed by Marc Anthony, song produced by Marc Anthony and Champ Davenport, from the album ”Marc Anthony Thompson,” available on Warner Bros. Records and Tapes
“Hot And Bothered,” words and music by Joe Delia, Abel Ferrara and Paul Hipp
“Nessun Dorma,” from Puccini’s “Turandot,” vocal performed by Rick Christman, accompanist Marua Waldman
“Chinatown Tonight,” words and music by Joe Delia and Abel Ferrara, vocal performed by David Johansen
“Midnight For You,” composed and performed by Paul Hipp.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
25 September 1987
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 September 1987
Production Date:
began 22 September 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Great American Films Joint Venture
Copyright Date:
22 April 1988
Copyright Number:
PA383113
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo in Selected Theatres
Color
Color by Du Art Laboratories
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28372
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In a New York City dance club, teenaged Chinese girl Tyan “Tye” Hwa dances with teenaged Italian boy, Tony Monte, much to the consternation of the many other Chinese and Italians in the club. Tye’s protective older brother, Yung Gan, and his friends chase Tony out of the club and through the streets. Tony makes it to Canal Street, the dividing line between Little Italy and Chinatown, and thinks he is safe. After some hesitation, the Chinese gang crosses the border and chases Tony through Little Italy. When Tony runs into an alley and finds a locked gate, it looks like he is about to be beaten with bats and chains. Just then, Tony’s older brother, Alberto “Alby” Monte, and his friends show up. A fight ensues, but police arrive and everyone runs away. The next day, Tye’s girl friends encourage her to go back to the club to see if Tony is there. However, Yung Gan tells her to socialize in their own neighborhood or stay home. Meanwhile, Alby comes into the pizzeria where Tony works and tells his brother to stay out of Chinatown. A Chinese restaurant, the Canton Garden, has just opened in Little Italy, replacing an Italian trattoria. A Chinese gang, led by Yung Gan, comes into the restaurant demanding protection money, telling the owner that being in Little Italy does not mean he can avoid the paying the gang. They steal the $150 in the cash register and tell the owner to bring the remainder owed in the morning. However, when they get back to their car, an Italian gang arrives and starts beating them up. An older Chinese man named Gung Tu tells ... +


In a New York City dance club, teenaged Chinese girl Tyan “Tye” Hwa dances with teenaged Italian boy, Tony Monte, much to the consternation of the many other Chinese and Italians in the club. Tye’s protective older brother, Yung Gan, and his friends chase Tony out of the club and through the streets. Tony makes it to Canal Street, the dividing line between Little Italy and Chinatown, and thinks he is safe. After some hesitation, the Chinese gang crosses the border and chases Tony through Little Italy. When Tony runs into an alley and finds a locked gate, it looks like he is about to be beaten with bats and chains. Just then, Tony’s older brother, Alberto “Alby” Monte, and his friends show up. A fight ensues, but police arrive and everyone runs away. The next day, Tye’s girl friends encourage her to go back to the club to see if Tony is there. However, Yung Gan tells her to socialize in their own neighborhood or stay home. Meanwhile, Alby comes into the pizzeria where Tony works and tells his brother to stay out of Chinatown. A Chinese restaurant, the Canton Garden, has just opened in Little Italy, replacing an Italian trattoria. A Chinese gang, led by Yung Gan, comes into the restaurant demanding protection money, telling the owner that being in Little Italy does not mean he can avoid the paying the gang. They steal the $150 in the cash register and tell the owner to bring the remainder owed in the morning. However, when they get back to their car, an Italian gang arrives and starts beating them up. An older Chinese man named Gung Tu tells Yung Gan that he must be patient. Twenty years ago, the Italians “owned” forty blocks north of Chinatown, but now they only “own” three. Gung Tu predicts that in five years, the Italians will be completely gone, but in the meantime, he advises that peace is good for the neighborhood and bloodshed is bad. Yung Gan heeds the advice and tells the other gang members not to fight the Italians or give the Canton Garden owners any problems. That night, as Tye sits on the fire escape outside her family’s apartment, Tony comes into the alley and properly introduces himself. He invites Tye to meet him the next night at the 13th street subway station. Tye and Tony go to the Cat Club where they spend the entire night dancing together. Alby visits Enrico Perito, a middle-aged businessman, in Little Italy. Perito tells him that the problem with the Chinese will be handled and to stay out of it. That night, a group of Chinese youth throws a bomb into the Canton Garden restaurant. Upset over the damage to people and stores on the block, Alby gets a gun and goes to Chinatown to retaliate. Also angry about the bombing, Yung Gan and the Chinese gang confront the rogue gang members who threw the bomb. The two factions of the Chinese gang get into a knife fight just as Alby and his friends drive up, firing a machine gun. When the Chinese run away, the Italians give chase. Alby gets cut by a Chinese teenager with a knife. Alby’s friend, Johnny Mercury, fires his machine gun into all the buildings in the area. The wise elder Gung Tu meets with Enrico Perito, saying they must control their youth. Later, Yung Gan stabs the young man who threw the bomb into Canton Garden. When the man pulls the knife out of his stomach, Alby and a group of Italians come up from behind and stab him in the back, killing him. They hang his body from power lines over the intersection. The next day, Tony and Tye meet for dinner. She worries what will happen if people find out about the two of them. He tells her nothing matters but the two of them and they cannot let others run their lives. That night, they make love. Johnny Mercury begins harassing the owner of the Canton Garden, who has a food booth at an Italian street fair. Tony tells Mercury that the Chinese do not deserve to be harassed. Mercury wonders why Tony is suddenly defending the Chinese. Tye and Tony meet in an alley, but Yung Gan and other gang members catch them together and pull a knife on Tony. Two policemen on horseback arrive, telling them to go their separate ways. As they walk back home, Yung Gan slaps Tye in the face. Some Chinese gang members stab Alby in the stomach and he dies in the hallway of his apartment building. At Alby’s funeral, Enrico Perito promises vengeance for Alby’s death. Tony questions how killing someone else will bring his brother back. After the funeral, Tony stands in front of Tye’s apartment building, yelling for her to come to him. She rushes outside into his arms. Yung Gan confronts her, but Tye says she loves Tony. Yung Gan orders her back inside, saying they are going back to Hong Kong, but she refuses. Yung Gan tells Tye she is no longer Chinese. Tye and Tony walk through the streets together, openly showing affection for each other. One of the rogue Chinese gang members shoots them both in the middle of the street, killing them.
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