YAO DAO WAIPO QIAO
1995, Zhang Yimou, France/China, 108 min.
With Gong Li, Wang Xiaoxiao
"A deeply felt tragedy... Gong Li's astonishing performance summons all the tawdriness, evil and eventual dignity this story demands."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Oozes a confidence that carries the viewer almost without pause to its shocking climax and ironic close."--Derek Elley, Variety
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, SHANGHAI TRIAD is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930's from legendary director Zhang Yimou (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS). Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao (Gong), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao’s affections. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Film Movement)
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