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Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, 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 Jinbao (Gong Li, Ju Dou, Farewell My Concubine), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) 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 Jinbao’s affections.
Dir: Yimou Zhang / 1995 / China / 103 min
“However endlessly film makers around the world have told that story, Mr. Zhang reimagines it with immense grace and turns it into a deeply felt tragedy… Gong Li’s astonishing performance summons all the tawdriness, evil and eventual dignity this story demands.” — Janet Maslin, New Yorker
“Compelling and beautifully made — it was shot in dreamlike soft focus by award- winning cinematographer Lu Yue — Shanghai Triad shows an enclosed, separate world that looks incredibly plush and inviting, almost like a storybook palace, but of course is laced with perils. [G]orgeous and engaging.” — Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
“Crime drama has rarely been this gorgeously alluring — or this brutal. Director Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou, Red Sorghum) fashions a magnetic thriller.” – Melissa Pierson, Entertainment Weekly