China Girl. 1987. USA. Directed by Abel Ferrara. 35mm. 90 min.
Ferrara’s mid-’80s reworking of West Side Story, transplanted to the border between Chinatown and Little Italy, features striking images of New York City neighborhoods as only he can present them. This is the thrilling, tender tale of teenage star-crossed lovers Tyan and Tony, whose burgeoning romance is threatened by meddling families, gang violence, and intergenerational tensions.