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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. Read critic reviews

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When teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao Cuihua) arrives to Shanghai from the country, he is brought by his uncle (Li Xuejian) to work for gang leader Tang (Baotian Li). Tang assigns Shuisheng to aid his girlfriend Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li), a nightclub singer. After a rival gang kills some of Tang's men, he takes Shuisheng and Jinbao to an island hideout. Here Jinbao forms a friendship with peasant Cuihau (Jiang Baoying), while Tang attempts to determine if there are traitors in his ranks.

Cast & Crew

Gong Li
Xiao Jingbao
Li Xuejian
Liu
Chun Sun
Song
Bi Feiyu
Writer (Screenplay)
Li Xiao
Writer (Screenplay)
Yigong Wu
Producer
Yongde Zhu
Executive Producer
Wang Wei
Executive Producer
Juiping Cao
Production Designer
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Triad

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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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