China Girl was probably the first Romeo and Juliet adaptation to explicitly and openly discuss issues of race, as others only had the interracial couple, ignoring the actual topic. And the film is best tackling issues of inequality, especially from the Chinese perspective. However, its brisk length means any character and relationship (even the lovebirds) aren't three-dimensional. Lot of sentiment, not enough soul.
YES! So much to love here, let's start with the opening sequence all-ages dance party?!?! NICE MOVES. Smelled like Carpenter's street films first half (and this even includes the "girl with green eyes" guy!), but as it progressed with shattered Catholicism and escalating nihilism, well... Also reeked of Old Spice, shoulder pads, and mullets, bonus!
Excellent atmospheric early Ferrara, opens like a classic Western and soon expands into relentless Fulleresque battle scenes. Great hyperromantic feel too, and very smartly, Ferrara and St. John know the Chinese side as deeply as the Italian one. Best Little Italy location shooting since Mean Streets