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Shanghai Triad

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Shanghai Triad

Current Status:
In Season
Gong Li, Wang Xiao Xiao
Zhang Yimou

We gave it an A

Crime drama has rarely been this gorgeouslyalluring — or this brutal. Director Zhang Yimou (Ju Dou, Red Sorghum) fashions a magnetic thriller using the exquisite talents and beauty of his favorite leading lady, Gong Li, who plays Bijou, an imperious moll who gets caught in an escalating war between rival gangs in the dangerously flashy demimonde of 1930s Shanghai. Shanghai Triad‘s lush color, sound, and movement amount to a perfect excuse to invest in a large-screen stereo TV. Total immersion is the only way to experience this ugly world made strangely lovely, where the sharpest knives come sheathed in softest velvet. A