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Shanghai 1920 (1991)

Shang Hai yi jiu er ling (original title)
Billy Fong, a Chinese boy working the Shanghai docks, becomes friends with Dawson Cole, the spoiled son of an American shipping tycoon. As adults, the friends become business partners. ... See full summary »

Director:

Po-Chih Leong

Writers:

Timothy R. Long (screenplay), Michael Laughlin (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Lone ... Billy Fong (as Zun Long)
Adrian Pasdar ... Dawson Cole
Fennie Yuen ... Mei
Eric Michael Zee ... Francis
Loletta Lee ... Mabel
Keone Young ... Ming
Zongyao Wang Zongyao Wang ... Young Billy (Juvenile) (as Chung-Yiu Wong)
Billy Corben Billy Corben ... Young Dawson
Jack Hare Jack Hare ... Dawson's Father
Siu-Ming Lau ... Pao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaren Armstrong Aaren Armstrong
Mel Cannon Mel Cannon ... Carjacked Man
Zhiliang Chen Zhiliang Chen
Michel Clavelin Michel Clavelin
Billy Cohen Billy Cohen
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Storyline

Billy Fong, a Chinese boy working the Shanghai docks, becomes friends with Dawson Cole, the spoiled son of an American shipping tycoon. As adults, the friends become business partners. Dawson wants to run a legitimate trade, but Billy craves the power that comes with leadership among the cities gangster underground. Written by Richard Robinson <robinson@u.washington.edu>

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Drama

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

19 December 1991 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Loved it...
11 August 2007 | by ataniell93See all my reviews

This is a great historical piece and if you like historical HK/Chinese movies you will probably like it, but if you are an Adrian Pasdar fan-girl or a slash/BL fan, you will DEFINITELY like it. I don't know if this movie was intended to be as homo-erotic as it is, but the friendship between the men in this movie is treated almost as a romance, whereas their relationships with the women in their lives seem either not to be very serious or to be a matter of status rather than an emotional tie.

Even if you can only find the Mandarin dubbed version, which is currently the most common one available, Pasdar does a great job with his part--he and John Lone are both invariably awesome. They're beautiful men, we get to see a lot of them, and their relationship, however you see it, is the most important thing in their lives.


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