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Yao a yao, yao dao wai po qiao (1995)

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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:

Bi Feiyu, Li Xiao (novel)
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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 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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Storyline

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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triad | shanghai | uncle | mistress | 1930s | See All (70) »

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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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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

France | China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shanghai Triad See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was a difficult film for Yimou Zhang to make. His relationship with his leading lady Li Gong was coming to an acrimonious end and the Chinese authorities were deliberately hassling him with complicated and elusive work permits. That was mainly because they were still annoyed with him for submitting his previous film To Live (1994) to the Cannes Film Festival without their permission. See more »

Quotes

Xiao Jingbao: [to Song] Just because you fucked me you think you're the boss?
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A Simple Beautifully Told Story
28 July 2004 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

This is a fine movie - wonderfully acted, beautifully shot, quite simple. Without being heavy-handed, one comes to sense the presence of real evil that tempts and corrupts and destroys. It's a little slow at times because the story is so simple - yet the slowness and simplicity does allow the messages of the movie to hit home. Something else I like is that the protagonist boy is not made to be cute or winning - he just is who he is - largely an observer but sometimes acting with generosity and sometimes with contempt.

Much has been said by others about the beautiful cinematography and that's certainly true - but I'm also struck by the amazing work of those who constructed or chose the sets, costumes, background characters - they were quite memorable. What a star in Gong Li, and what a director!

I don't agree with those who contrast this with American movies - surely we feel the same evil in watching either version of Scarface or The Petrified Forest or The Road to Perdition.

In fact, I would say this movie is most like The Road to Perdition of any I've seen - not in its story particularly but in its tone, its simplicity, its contrasts of character, its cinematography.

This is also a good movie for those who say they don't like foreign movies - you'll like this one.


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