New Rose Hotel (film)

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New Rose Hotel
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Directed byAbel Ferrara
Written byAbel Ferrara
Chris Zois
Based onNew Rose Hotel by William Gibson
Produced byEdward R. Pressman
CinematographyKen Kelsch
Edited byJim Mol
Anthony Redman
Music bySchoolly D
Release date
  • September 9, 1998 (1998-09-09) (Venice)
  • October 1, 1999 (1999-10-01) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$21,521[1]

New Rose Hotel is a 1998 American cyberpunk erotic drama film co-written and directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Christopher Walken, Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento. It is based on William Gibson's story of the same name.


Fox (Walken) and X (Dafoe) are corporate extraction specialists, half headhunters, half kidnappers, who specialize 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 (Yoshitaka Amano) a paradigm-shattering super-genius who is currently working for Maas, the corporation (Gibson employs the pre-World War II 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.



Edward R. Pressman had owned the film rights to New Rose Hotel since the late 1980s. Before Ferrara got involved, Kathryn Bigelow was originally set to direct.[2]

At one point, Zoë Tamerlis Lund was attached to writing the screenplay. In 1996, Lund wrote the first draft of the script.[3]

According to Ferrara, both Virginie Ledoyen and Chloë Sevigny were considered for the role of Sandii. Ferrara also claims that Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Fox.[4]

Asia Argento made a documentary about Ferrara, titled Abel/Asia (1998), during the making of the film.[4][5]

Ferrara said he fired a lot of the crew members of the film; some of them were longtime collaborators of Ferrara's, such as film composer Joe Delia.[4]


The film opened October 1, 1999 at the Cinema Village Triplex in New York City and grossed $5,147 in its opening weekend and $21,521 in total.[1][6]


  1. ^ a b "New Rose Hotel". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Taylor, Clarke (9 October 1988). "Black-Leather Director in a Business World : Cult Favorite Kathryn Bigelow Brings Her 'Dark' Style to an Action Film". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ Claire Perkins, Constantine Verevis (2012). Film Trilogies: New Critical Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230371941.
  4. ^ a b c Cryptekeeper 044 Abel Ferrara/New Rose Hotel on YouTube
  5. ^ "Dangerous Beauty". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved on 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Exclusives report". Daily Variety. October 5, 1999. p. 8.

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