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Shanghai Triad (1995)

Yao a yao, yao dao wai po qiao (original title)
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A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Feiyu Bi, Li Xiao (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Gong ... Xiao Jingbao
Baotian Li ... Tang, the Gang Boss
Xiaoxiao Wang Xiaoxiao Wang ... Shuisheng, the boy
Xuejian Li ... Liu, 6th Uncle
Chun Sun ... Song, Tang's No. 2
Biao Fu Biao Fu ... Zheng, Tang's No.3
Shu Chen Shu Chen ... Shi Ye
Jiang Liu Jiang Liu ... Fat Yu
Baoying Jiang Baoying Jiang ... Cuihua, the Widow
Qianquan Yang Qianquan Yang ... Ah Jiao
Ying Gao Ying Gao
Weiming Gao Weiming Gao
Shuliang Lian Shuliang Lian
Ya'nan Wang Ya'nan Wang
Zhang Yayun Zhang Yayun
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Uncle Liu brings his cousin to Shanghai to work for 'Boss,' the leader of a powerful drug empire in the 1930's. Shuisheng, a simple country boy is awed and overwhelmed by the opulence and immense wealth he is suddenly surrounded by. He is to be the attendant of Xiao Jingbao, the new mistress of 'Boss.' While he fumbles with the demands of his new role, much intrigue is going on around him, well beyond his bewildered perception. Xiao Jingbao is having a tumultuous affair, Fat Yu is starting a gang war, and 'Boss' is beginning to suspect that one of his trusted men is not loyal. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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In 1930's Shanghai violence was not the problem. It was the solution.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and images of violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Xiaoxiao Wang's only film appearance to date. See more »

Quotes

6th Uncle: [to Shuisheng] All the kids in our family want to come here to get rich, but you're the only one I recommended. Don't let me down.
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Connections

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Shanghai Triad
6 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A country lad in brought to Shanghai to be a servant to a gangster's moll. There's not a whole lot to say about this movie, it's pretty standard stuff about evil corrupting and destroying everything it touches, et cetera. Li Gong's performance is good as always, and the sumptuous photography is a delight to behold, although the color palette appears muted on the DVD. The plot and Li's character take some interesting turns in the third act, but it's not quite enough up for the mundane build-up. Although it's not one of Zhang's best, especially from this period, it's perfectly watchable and sticks with you for a bit.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$209,098, 25 December 1995

Gross USA:

$2,086,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,086,101
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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