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3.3
50 Ratings

China Gate

Directed by Samuel Fuller
United States, 1957
War, Drama

Synopsis

Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border…

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China Gate Directed by Samuel Fuller

Critics reviews

Korea got cold, Indochina got hot, from the newshound’s thrusting inquiry arise such coups, Samuel Fuller is always ahead of the game… Godard (Camera-Oeil) and Coppola (Apocalypse Now) profit from this splendid paroxysm, with its beautifully cracked conviction of foreign policy as a case of mixed-race reconciliation.
June 20, 2016
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Set in 1954 during a temporal divot between two U.S.-backed wars against communism, the riveting China Gate nevertheless deals with American culpability overseas. During its insanely paced men-(and-woman-)on-a-mission combat narrative, revelations about past trauma and cultural identity prove radical. Journalistic urgency gives way to pulpy desperation, producing sudden violence lacking in neither brutality nor jet-black humor.
February 25, 2015
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More noir than Apocalypse Now and far left of Platoon, China Gate is old-school Hollywood at its hottest political pitch, and cinematographer Joseph Biroc’s overgrown jungle-scapes and glistening visions of bleeding soldiers frozen in ferocious (and ferociously backlit) combat seal the deal.
May 02, 2013
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