Forbidden Nights

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Forbidden Nights
Forbidden nights promo ad tv guide.jpg
Promotional material from the TV Guide
Based onThe Rocky Course of Love in China by Judith Shapiro
Written byTristine Rainer
Story byTristine Rainer
David Hwang
Directed byWaris Hussein
StarringMelissa Gilbert
Robin Shou
Victor K. Wong
Theme music composerLucia Hwong
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Tristine Rainer
Producer(s)Charles Jennings
CinematographyBrian West
Editor(s)Parkie Singh
Diane Adler
Running time96 minutes
Production company(s)Tristine Rainer Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • April 10, 1990 (1990-04-10)

Forbidden Nights is a 1990 American made-for-television drama film directed by Waris Hussein and based on the article The Rocky Course of Love in China written by Judith Shapiro. The film was shot in Hong Kong and stars Melissa Gilbert, Robin Shou and Victor K. Wong.[1] The film also marked the American debut of Shou, who wouldn't act in another American film until Mortal Kombat in 1995.


Set in Red China in 1979, the film focuses on Judith Shapiro, an American teacher who falls in love with Liang Hong, a Chinese radical, trying to bring political reform to his homeland. She puts all her wishes and dreams away to fit into his ideals, but soon, trouble starts to come.



  1. ^ Review Summary The New York Times

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