Matthew Lickona noon, July 29
Very slight variation on West Side Story: no singing, and Juliet is now Chinese, but Romeo's still "Tony," and there's dancing at the disco if not in the streets. The parallels drawn between life in Chinatown and life in Little Italy are decently liberal in intent, but the doomed-lovers angle, while no less liberal, in fact very much pie-in-the-sky liberal, is given little time or conviction. The violence is given a lot of both. With Sari Chang, Richard Panebianco, James Russo, Russell Wong, and David Caruso; directed by Abel Ferrara. 1987.