Miracle Box, The
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Adrian Kwan.

Within the first ten minutes, I've learned that a rainbow is actually a full circle, half on earth and half in heaven; and if you write all your troubles on a piece of paper and put it in a box, Heaven will take care of it and you can ease your mind. If you're wondering how you can survive 90 minutes of this kind of religious schmaltz, you're not alone. It's the true story of Dr. Joanna Tse (Ada Choi) and her beautiful, spiritual romance with Dr. Albert Lau (Tse Kwan-Ho) who has leukemia. Apparently a big issue in Hong Kong these days, considering Life Express was released around the same time and about the same issue. But whereas Life Express tries to move everyone to do their duty to help fight leukemia, THE MIRACLE BOX throws up its hands and leaves everything up to God. The only miracle in all this is that I didn't just throw up by the end. Not willing to settle with just leukemia, SARS hits HK at the conclusion of the movie, and Joanna loses her life to the disease while helping patients. She has her own website in memorium, where you can get to know Joanna, and Jesus, with the click of a mouse. It's set up by the Praise Assembly of Hong Kong. Seems like a nice person. The movie still sucks, though. Cheng Pei-Pei plays her mom, and Lam Suet has a small role as a UPS driver.

Rating: Not Recommended (Not Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on January 08, 2005.


I thought that the Miracle Box was an amazing movie. It brings up the issue of spirituality that is often neglected in our busy lives. It is amazing how Dr. Tse is driven by love and compassion to care SARs patients that she ended up losing her life. It parallels God's love for us and each of us have this empty void in that can be only satisfied by knowing God personally.

Posted by: Joseph Tai at August 16, 2005 12:42 AM

I think THE MIRCALE BOX is a very good movie. It brings up a lot of questions in your mind after watching it. But as an atheist it was a kind of strange. This happen because they are christian, and as an atheist I have to accept it. Anyway, it says the story is based on a true story and I think that might be true.

Posted by: Sarawutari at January 2, 2006 08:18 AM

This was a very poignant movie that touched my heart, although it is true,if you are looking for a gripping-the-edge-of-your-seat drama, keep lookin, because this isn't it. but with all its drawling and sometimes overdone parts, the idea of putting your troubles in a box and "casting all your care upon Him;for He careth for you" reminded anew that, this is, indeed, what faith is all about:beleiving what we cannot see, that it's all in Gods hands, and although I may not know what the future holds, I know who holds the future.

Posted by: Mel at September 23, 2007 12:51 AM
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