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New Rose Hotel (1998)

Cast: Christopher Walken, Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe, more...
Director: Abel Ferrara, Abel Ferrara
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Erotica
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Abel Ferrara directed this erotic thriller adapted by Ferrara and Christ Zois from a short story by science fiction author William Gibson (in his Burning Chrome collection). Global corporations rule the world, and corporate raider Fox (Christopher Walken) and his deputy X (Willem Dafoe) could pocket $100 million if they can get top scientist Hiroshi (Yoshitaka Amano) to defect from one corporation to another. Fox offers singer Sandii (Asia Argento) $1 million to seduce Hiroshi away from his wife, family, and employer. An affair develops between Sandii and X, while she studies facts about Hiroshi's life. She departs on her assignment, but betrayals ensue, with Fox and X soon becoming targets themselves. With opening credits in three languages (English, German, Japanese), the soundtrack features the score-composition debut of hip-hopper Schoolly D, music which plays over a blank screen at the wrap-up (since the film has no closing credits). This Gibson short story was a property once in development by director Kathryn Bigelow. The title story of Gibson's Burning Chrome collection was planned as the second Heavy Metal movie, intended for live-action and scripted but never filmed. Shown in competition at the 1998 Venice Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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Why, Oh Why? by mason December 9, 2002 - 8:22 PM PST
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
It's quite a feat to take a story by William Gibson and a cast including Christopher Walken and Willem Dafoe, and produce a 93-minute film that feels about 80 minutes too long, but somehow Abel Ferrara pulled it off. As near as we could tell, Ferrara elected to film most of the movie without a script, content to let the actors make it up as they went along. Then apparently when it came time to edit, he realized that he didn't have enough material to make a feature-length film. No problem, let's spend the last 15 minutes replaying scenes from the beginning of the movie, throw in some different takes to be artsy about it, and hope nobody notices. The only parts of this at all worth watching are those in which everyone lets Walken go off into his trademark ranting, and as always he's a treat to watch. But plot, editing, pacing, storytelling? Forget it, try a different movie. What a waste.

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