Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao) (1995)
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 Bijou and Shuisheng with him and thinking of revenge. The film's English-language title is a little bit deceiving (the original Chinese title translates to "Row, Row, Row to Grandmother's Bridge," a line in Tang's favorite song performed by Bijou), as this drama centers more on the boy's coming of age and Bijou's disillusionment than on Shanghai gang wars. ~ Yuri German, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)
A powerful portrait of mob power from the gifted and versatile director Yimou.
the characters are reasonably interesting and the plot has sufficient drama to entertain
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.
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.More
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.More
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