Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)

1995

Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)

Critics Consensus

Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Shanghai Triad deftly depicts a young man's coming of age against the backdrop of mob violence and its punishing legacy.

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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 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.

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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3)

  • A deep, powerful and rivetingly complex study of Tienanmen - and, ironically, it's far more evenhanded in its account of the massacre that killed more than a thousand protesters than the Chinese government might suspect.

    Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Shanghai Triad concludes the sublime seven-movie collaboration of Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li with a bang worthy of the most jubilant New Year's Eve.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
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  • Shanghai Triad plays like a movie in which some scenes are missing, and others have been stretched out to make up the difference.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A powerful portrait of mob power from the gifted and versatile director Yimou.

    Jul 22, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • the characters are reasonably interesting and the plot has sufficient drama to entertain

    Jul 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Mar 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

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  • Sep 28, 2012
    Another great effort by Zhang Yimou. The greatest Asian mob movie that I have seen thus far. Very entertaining.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2008
    Good movie, ending is horrible (as in, it's a horrible story - not bad). I don't generally watch mob movies, and I tend to associate that genre as Italian (probably incorrectly - so sue me, it's not a type of movie I generally seek out), so this Chinese movie set in the past was something different to me. The settings are beautiful as is the lead actress. Different to see through the eyes of a poor young boy sent to work for them. Felt so sorry for him, especially on that horrible ending. Poor kid.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2008
    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.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer

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