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New Rose Hotel

DVD cover for New Rose Hotel
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Produced by Edward R. Pressman
Written by Novel
William Gibson
Abel Ferrara
Christ Zois
Starring Christopher Walken
Willem Dafoe
Asia Argento
Music by Schoolly D
Cinematography Ken Kelsch
Editing by Jim Mol
Anthony Redman
Release date(s) October 1, 1999
Running time 93 min
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $21,521

New Rose Hotel is a 1998 Cyberpunk film by director Abel Ferrara, based on a William Gibson story of the same name, starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento.

Plot synopsis

Fox (Walken) and X (Dafoe) play corporate extraction specialists, half headhunters, half kidnappers, who specialise in helping R&D scientists relocate from corporations who would rather see them dead than working for their competitors. Fox is obsessed with one Hiroshi (played by Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano), a paradigm-shattering super-genius who is currently working for Maas, the corporation (Gibson employs the pre-WWII term zaibatsu) who crippled him. To that end, Fox and X employ Sandii (Argento), a "Shinjuku-girl", or small-time hustler/call girl, to help "persuade" Hiroshi to defect to Hosaka, another zaibatsu to which Fox is somewhat warmer. Fox is responsible for brokering the deal with Hosaka, Sandii for getting Hiroshi to fall in love with her and defect to a Hosaka lab in Marrakech (Fox and X are based in Tokyo, hence their ability to pick up a Shinjuku girl), and X is responsible for teaching Sandii how to make Hiroshi melt.

Sandii disappears, Fox is killed, and X retreats to the safest place he knows, the New Rose Hotel, a derelict capsule hotel.


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