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"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Jul 192020
 
“Movingly affirms the magnitude of Zhang Yimou’s storytelling power.”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

 

“Some of the most stunning screen images ever.”
— Jack Matthews, Newsday

“Gorgeously alluring… a magnetic thriller.”
— Melissa Pierson, Entertainment Weekly

FROM LEGENDARY DIRECTOR ZHANG YIMOU COMES
HIS ACADEMY AWARD® AND GOLDEN GLOBE® NOMINEE,
A THRILLING AND SUMPTUOUSLY STYLIZED POTBOILER
ABOUT THE CHINESE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF THE ’30s

SHANGHAI TRIAD
Street Date: August 4, 2020

Blu-ray/DVD/Digital: $29.95/$19.95

The Digitally Restored 1995 Classic, Starring Gong-Li, is

Available on Blu-ray in North America for the Very First Time;

Extras Include the “Trouble in Shanghai” Video Essay and a Collectible Booklet

with a New Essay by Film Critic John Berra

 

Shanghai Triad (1995) | Trailer | Li Gong | Baotian Li | Xiaoxiao Wang | Yimou Zhang
SYNOPSIS

Academy Award ® and Golden Globe® nominee and winner of the “Best Foreign Film” from the National Board of Review, SHANGHAI TRIAD is a thrilling and sumptuously stylized potboiler about the Chinese criminal underworld of the 1930’s from legendary director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers).

Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao (Gong Li, Ju Dou, Farewell My Concubine), naive teenager Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections. Zhang’s inventive take on the gangster film is “assured and attention-grabbing” (Variety) and Gong’s central performance, “a portrait of a capricious and indulgent woman who gains depth as we watch her — is one of her finest” (Chicago Tribune). 

 
CAST 
  • Gong Li (Mulan, Coming Home, Memoirs of a Geisha)
  • Li Baotian (Forever Love, The Nightingale)
  • Wang Xiaoxiao 
BONUS FEATURES
  • “Trouble in Shanghai” video essay by author Grady Hendrix
  • Booklet with new essay by film critic and lecturer John Berra
PROGRAM INFORMATION
 
Type: Blu-ray/DVD/Digital (New Digital Restorations)
Running Time: 108 minutes
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Language: Mandarin with English Subtitles

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