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Shanghai Triad

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Original title
Shanghai triad (Yao a yao: Yao dao wai po qiao)
Running time
107 min.
China China
Bi Feiyu (Novel: Li Xiao)
Zhang Guangtian
Lu Yue
Co-production China-France; Shanghai Film Studios, Alpha Films, UGC Images, La Sept Cinéma
Drama | Yakuza & Triad. 1920s. 1930s. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1995: Nominated for Oscar: Best Cinematography
1995: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Picture
1995: National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Picture
1995: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography
1995: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography
1995: Cannes: Technical Grand Prize
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