Shanghai Triad

1995 | Drama | 103 minutes | Mandarin with English subtitles

Tang Shuisheng, a naive and provincial teenager from rural China, arrives in Shanghai to work for his uncle, also named Tang, a notorious crime boss. After witnessing a fatal gang fight, Shuisheng is told to  assist Xiao Jingbao, a cabaret singer, his uncle’s mistress. Shuisheng begins to discover the depth and darkness of the enemies circling the Tang family. Ultimately, Shuisheng becomes trapped in a life of crime, betrayals, and tragedy.  
Gong Li (Xiao Jingbao) / Wang Xiaoxiao (Tang Shuisheng) / Li Baotian (Tang)
Why Stream This Film?
Shanghai Triad is reminiscent of The Godfather as it tragically depicts  the machinations of the Tang crime family. Similar to the rise of Michael Corleone, Tang Shuisheng learns the ropes as he faces immense opposition and murderous enemies. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 90%
  • Metacritic Score: 77
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Cinematography (Yue Lü)
  • Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Palme d’Or
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
SHANGHAI TRIAD concludes the sublime seven-movie collaboration of Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li with a bang worthy of the most jubilant New Year’s Eve.
Mike Clark

USA Today

However endlessly filmmakers around the world have told that story, Mr.Zhang reimagines it with immense grace and turns it into a deeply felt tragedy.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

SHANGHAI TRIAD oozes a confidence that carries the viewer almost without pause to its shocking climax.
Derek Elley


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