On one hand, Red Corner succeeds in overtly criticizing China's repressive policies, but overall, the film fails because it also wants to be a Hollywood legal thriller. The combination simply does not work. Hotshot American lawyer Jack Moore (Gere) travels to China to seal a billion-dollar satellite TV deal and ends up with a dead Chinese model in bed with him after a night of heavy drinking and sex. Moore is arrested and finds he's in big trouble, with the wheels of justice clearly not spinning in his favor. His public-defender attorney, Shen Yuelin (Ling), begins to believe he was framed, bails him out and puts everything on the table to prove Moore's innocence.
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