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Shanghai Triad (Yao a yao, yao dao wai po qiao)

Release Date:December 22, 1995
Running time:108 minutes
Cast:Gong Li, Li Baotian, Wang Xiao Xiao, Shun Chun
Director:Yimou Zhang

Description: Country boy Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is brought to 1930s Shanghai by his uncle who wants the boy to become a member of the powerful gang ruled by manipulative Tang (Li Baotian). In fact, Shuisheng will serve Tang's capricious mistress Bijou (Gong Li), a nightclub singer whom the boss proclaimed the Queen of Shanghai. When the boy's uncle and the gang's several other members die during a rival gang's unsuccessful attempt on Tang's life, the latter retreats to a remote small island, taking both Bijou and Shuisheng with him and thinking of revenge. The film's English-language title is a little bit deceiving (the original Chinese title translates to Row, Row, Row to Grandmother's Bridge, a line in Tang's favorite song performed by Bijou), as this drama centers more on the boy's coming of age and Bijou's disillusionment than on Shanghai gang wars.~ Yuri German, All Movie Guide

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