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Singh Hartihan Bitto
As much as I enjoy Asian movie, "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai" just never caught my interest. The movie was pointless and it was lacking a proper storyline, which meant the movie lost my interest fast and was drifting further and further away.
40 minutes into the strenuous ordeal I simply gave up, seeing no point in suffering through this movie anymore and I went to watch something else.
The story, at least from what I caught from what I watched, was about people coming to Shanghai to make a living for themselves, but many ended up as gangsters and in a world of violence. And a young man with a particularly strong right hand, leaves you to wonder how that hand got to strong, is about to set them all straight.
Right, nothing overly interesting there. And it didn't help one bit that the characters were one-dimension and never once really invoked any kind of bond with the audience.
The fight scenes were alright, though. Not memorable, but adequate. But it was hardly enough to make it worth suffering through this movie.
If you enjoy Asian movies, there are far better choices available on the market, and I can't really find a single reason for recommending "Once Upon a Time in Shanghai" to anyone.
A mere 2 out of 10 stars from me.
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