Shanghai Triad

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Drama

This gorgeously appointed gangster picture, a departure for acclaimed Chinese art-house director Zhang Yimou, looks like a Hollywood genre movie -- in fact, it looks a lot like BILLY BATHGATE. Here, however, the volatile gangster's moll (Gong Li) is moved -- often literally -- to center stage. Simultaneously over- and underdressed in extravagant shades...read more

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This gorgeously appointed gangster picture, a departure for acclaimed Chinese art-house director Zhang Yimou, looks like a Hollywood genre movie -- in fact, it looks a lot like BILLY BATHGATE. Here, however, the volatile gangster's moll (Gong Li) is moved -- often literally --

to center stage. Simultaneously over- and underdressed in extravagant shades of red and gold, Gong Li is a star in the old-fashioned Hollywood sense: She's China's first screen diva, easily outshining the bravura gunplay and macho posturing of an essentially generic story line. The film represents

a retreat from the explicitly political concerns of TO LIVE (which landed the director in serious trouble with P.R.C. authorities), but there's a distinct satirical subtext underlying Zhang's Chinese Gangland, a place of limitless greed, self-destructive ritual and fatal hubris.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This gorgeously appointed gangster picture, a departure for acclaimed Chinese art-house director Zhang Yimou, looks like a Hollywood genre movie -- in fact, it looks a lot like BILLY BATHGATE. Here, however, the volatile gangster's moll (Gong Li) is moved… (more)

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