China Girl is quite the unconventional “Romeo and Juliet” style story. Nowadays there are plenty of interracial films where a white whore wants to screw a Negro or Latino for recreational fun. I don’t think there is, however, another film about a forbidden love between an Italian boy and Chinese girl. One could say that this odd relationship is even a bit heartwarming. Amongst the hatred of rival racial gangs, these two abstractions find love in the most unconventional of places. One also can’t help but enjoy seeing Italians and Chinese guys kicking each others asses.
China Girl is one of Abel Ferrara’s more “Hollywood” style films. Still, the film has a good balance between Ferrara’s signature gritty urban style and studio production values. I must admit that China Girl is a much better film than Ferrara’s infamous film Driller Killer. I also found China Girl to be fairly modern despite being over twenty years old. With the progressing influence of hostile third world “immigrants,” city racial tensions are on a rise. I only wish other directors would make films featuring realistic fights between rivaling minorities.
With the unconventional and dangerous relationship in China Girl, one can usually only expect tragic results. Despite the drama, China Girl is still a film about the strength of the “human spirit (or something like that).” Spike Lee’s film Jungle Fever was a film featuring an Italian woman and black man that “hook up.” Despite the film being unintentionally funny, the film lacked any type of “soul.” Maybe Spike Lee should treat Abel Ferrara to a basketball game and Ferrara might give him some directing tips.