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Red Corner
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Thomas Pasatieri

Co-Produced by:
Bill Bernstein
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Edel America Records
(November 4th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release. Selling on the used market for $30 as of 2012.
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Buy it... if you need reinforcement that China is a place of nightmares for Westerners, in which case Thomas Newman's brutally challenging use of that country's stereotypical instrumental tones will further dissuade you from ever wanting to travel there.

Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for film music that inelegantly forces a socio-political dichotomy upon you, Newman's symphonic relief for the protagonists too disparately heroic despite yielding eight minutes of beautiful material for the album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,813
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Red Corner: (Thomas Newman) Having your film banned in China is not necessarily a bad thing, though when the 1997 movie Red Corner received that honor, it was for understandable reasons. The film seems to exist only for three reasons; first, to serve as a vehicle for Richard Gere in the role of a virtuous and hot American businessman who makes Chinese men look ineffective and/or unattractive. Secondly, the movie feeds the stereotype of Asian women as being starved for a sexual encounter with men like Gere. Finally, and most importantly, Red Corner was a clear political shot aimed at China at the time, further demonizing the communist nation and its relatively primitive and brutal justice system. While masquerading as a courtroom drama, the film was inevitably received as further condemnation of the corruption in Chinese institutional systems, leaving little in the way of narrative depth or unexpected pathos to really distinguish its story. Gere plays an American businessman on the verge of completing a satellite communications deal with the communist government when he is arrested for allegedly killing the daughter of a prominent Chinese general. He spends the remainder of the film working with a beautiful, young female attorney who is skeptical of his claims of innocence but eventually helps the businessman uncover the plot against him. By the time Gere starts running around on the streets with a weapon, you know you're in pointlessly unlikely territory. The absence of truly compelling or unexpected socio-political concepts in Red Corner, despite the filmmakers' efforts to recreate immense Chinese locales in Los Angeles and utilize real footage of executions from that nation, caused the film to fade quickly from theatres after a poor critical response. The project represented the fourth and final collaboration between director Jon Avent and composer Thomas Newman in the 1990's, each score exploring disparate styles with varying levels of success. The tepid and underwhelming romantic environment of Up Close & Personal the previous year represented some of the least interesting music of Newman's career despite his attempts to infuse some international flavor into the otherwise sterile score. For Red Corner, the composer would go overboard with that unique instrumentation, bridging his lyrical sensibilities of the early 1990's with the more experimental tones of his 2000's works. The film clearly used its music as another means of emphasizing the frighteningly foreign environment of the locale, to which end Newman's approach is a success.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:15
• 1. Red Corner (Main Title) (3:19)
• 2. Communism (1:08)
• 3. Da Bi Zi (Big Nose) (1:23)
• 4. Dead Girl (2:00)
• 5. The Beijing Hotel (1:55)
• 6. Night Deeply Sunk (Chinese Traditional) (1:04)
• 7. Severity (1:03)
• 8. The People's Assessors (1:13)
• 9. Capitalism (1:17)
• 10. The Price of a Bullet (1:26)
• 11. Tiananmen Square (1:48)
• 12. Embroidering (Chinese Traditional) (2:16)
• 13. Dazhalan Chase (2:43)
• 14. Leniency (1:54)
• 15. House Rules (3:20)
• 16. Full-Scale Incident (4:54)
• 17. Shen Yuelin (2:56)
• 18. Silence (1:48)
• 19. Two Trials (1:44)
• 20. The Purple Bamboo Melody (Chinese Traditional) (3:30)
• 21. Detention Center 1 (1:33)
• 22. Offer to Resign (1:24)
• 23. Da Guan Lin Dan (Big Shot) (2:43)
• 24. Verdict (1:00)
• 25. Remarkable Things (5:03)
• 26. Black (End Title) (4:51)

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