Chinese Boxes (1984)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - UK, West Germany  |  
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Per its title, Chinese Boxes plays the riddle-wrapped-in-a-mystery-wrapped-in-an-enigma angle to the hilt. Will Patton plays an innocent American who finds himself in the middle of international intrigue. With West Berlin as backdrop, the story takes so many twists and turns that one may well need a book of directions by fadeout time. Robbie Coltraine and Gottfried John are among the supporting actors who are not what they seem and never say what they mean. Chinese Boxes was a fairly smooth German/British collaboration, with little indication of any on-set communication breakdowns (surely somebody understood what was going on).

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American [nationality], innocence, death, drug-lord, overdose, daughter, diplomat