Quite a remarkable score for a very decent movie. Thomas Newman doesn't seem to produce scores in the numbers of say James Horner or Jerry Goldsmith, but every one seems to be a treat. The Shawshank Redemption and Scent of a Woman are two that spring to mind. Red Corner is no exception.
What is so good about the score is that it has two excellent themes running through the entire score: the Red Corner theme (for lack of a better description) and the action theme. Both of them can be heard in Red Corner (Main Title) and sets the scene for what is to be both an action movie as well as the meeting of two cultures. The Red Corner theme can also be heard in Remarkable Things and She Yuelin (in which there is the "traditional" version as well as the "orchestral" version).
Of course there is a Chinese theme running through the entire score, due to the subject matter. This makes it most suitable for any kind of oriental adventures in either fantasy or science fiction settings. The short track lengths suggest that the score would be best used with pre-made descriptions or events.
A wonderful score that should not be over looked.
Track Listing and Notes
Red Corner (Main Title) (3:19) - opening ~ tension
Communism (1:08) - danger
Da Bi Zi (Big Nose) (1:23) - mystical
Dead Girl (2:00) - tension
The Beijing Hotel (1:55) - sorrow
Night Deeply Sunk (Chinese Traditional) (1:04) - traditional
Severity (1:03) - tension
The People's Assessors (1:13) - quiet
Capitalism (1:17) - danger ~ quiet
The Price of a Bullet (1:26) - quiet
Tianamen Square (1:48) - tension
Embroiding (Chinese Traditional) (2:16) - traditional
Dazhalan Chase (2:43) - danger
Leniency (1:54) - quiet
House Rules (3:20) - quiet
Full Scale Incident (4:54) - sad ~ brewing
Shen Yuelin (2:56) - resignation ~ hope
Silence (1:48) - undercurrent
Two Trials (1:44) - quiet
The Purple Bamboo Melody (Chinese Traditional) (3:30) - traditional