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Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao) (1995)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Country boy Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is brought to 1930s Shanghai by his uncle who wants the boy to become a member of the powerful gang ruled by manipulative Tang (Li Baotian). In fact, Shuisheng will serve Tang's capricious mistress Bijou (Gong Li), a nightclub singer whom the boss proclaimed "the Queen of Shanghai." When the boy's uncle and the gang's several other members die during a rival gang's unsuccessful attempt on Tang's life, the latter retreats to a remote small island, taking both

Dec 12, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3) | DVD (9)

A powerful portrait of mob power from the gifted and versatile director Yimou.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

the characters are reasonably interesting and the plot has sufficient drama to entertain

July 21, 2006 | Comment (1)

Soando como um mero veículo para a beleza de Gong Li, este aspirante a Ajuste Final conta com uma bela fotografia (com exceção da noite americana pavorosa), mas nada mais, revelando-se o pior filme da carreira de Yimou.

March 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Stunning cinematography, uniformly good acting.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Shows how an innocent and ignorant young boy is initiated into the violent ways of a group of gangsters.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)

Another great effort by Zhang Yimou. The greatest Asian mob movie that I have seen thus far. Very entertaining.
September 28, 2012
John Ballantine

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A gangster flick in the eastern tradition,Yimou is not ashamed to produce vivid landscapes and some morbid ones in the first part.It's a mid-90's Yimou,compared to the heartless Hero and Curse of the Golden Flower,this one possesses a terrific strength/narration recent gangster flicks (in general) will never have.
March 21, 2009
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