Buy New
$13.17
Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.75
  • You Save: $6.58 (33%)
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Shanghai Triad (Chinese w... has been added to your Cart
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$12.98
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35.00. Details
Sold by: njbookcenter
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Shanghai Triad (Chinese with English Subtitle)
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Shanghai Triad (Chinese with English Subtitle)

42 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$13.17
$8.96
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$2.01
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
$13.17 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Shanghai Triad (Chinese with English Subtitle) + Farewell My Concubine + Lust, Caution (Widescreen Edition)
Price for all three: $40.62

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Chinese with English and Simplified Chinese subtitles. Set in the 1930s, the story is about a young boy, Tang Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao), who just arrived in Shanghai working as a servant in a Triad owned nightclub. He is assigned to Bijou (Gong Li), a cabaret singer and girlfriend of Tang, the Triad Boss (Li Baotian). Bijou is cheating on the Boss with Song (Sun Chun), whom the Boss suspects is planning to betray him. After a bloody gang fight in which Shuisheng's uncle dies, the Boss and a small entourage retreat to a peasants' island. There, Bijou befriends Cuihau (Jiang Baoying), an unassuming woman who prepares meals for the visitors, while Shuisheng befriends Ajiao (Yang Qianguan), Cuihau's daughter. Bijou unwittingly gets Cuihau and her brother-in-law killed. Song arrives and the Boss calmly confronts him with evidence of his treachery. The gang kills Song and Bijou. The Boss takes Ajiao back to Shanghai with him (saying she will be the new Bijou when she is older), along with Shuisheng tied to the sails of the ship.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Gong Li, Li Baotian
  • Directors: ZhangYimou
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Peninsula Audiovisual Press
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W0H5CO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 22, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a movie I think people either like a lot or dislike a lot. I've seen it twice in movie houses and now three times on DVD. It's a cool film, decadent to the core and with only one really likeable character, a 14 year old boy. I'm one of those who like it a lot.

The boy is brought to Shanghai (in the 1930s) by his gangster uncle to work in the "family" of a powerful, aging drug boss. The drug lord's mistress, a nightclub singer, is played by Gong Li. The boy is assigned to fetch and carry for her. Gong Li plays her as a willful, beautiful, selfish and perhaps overly confident courtesan. Gong Li sings and dances several times as the star of the nightclub, and she is wonderful in the part.

Nearly everything is seen from the perspective of the boy -- which means you don't get the full picture at any one time. There's a brutal gang attack and the boss with his key henchmen, his mistress and the boy flee to an isolated fog-bound island to regroup and plot. There's betrayal and merciless, calculated revenge, and practical killing. The ending, needless to say, is not pleasant...except, perhaps, for the boss. The boy, at least, survives.

The film is gorgeous to look at and beautifully lit and photographed. The DVD transfer is excellent.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Howe on February 20, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After hearing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Zhang Ziyi compared in acting ability to Gong Li, I decided to find a film of hers. Not only was Shanghai Triad my find, but Zhang Yimou, the director, also direct Zhang Ziyi 2 years ago in a more simple film. Shanghai Triad concerns young Shuishung Tang, who has come to Shanghai on the order of his Uncle. Tang's Uncle is in the employ of a mob boss, who is getting on in years, but is very powerful. After sometime, Young Tang meets Bijou, The boss's mistress. This of course, is Gong Li. Bijou appears very beautiful when we first see her, but after seeing her backstage, we quickly wonder if she has any redeeming qualities. The city life seems to have spoiled her, and she treats young Tang like garbage. It is after a supposed run-in with trouble that the Boss is injured (along with Tang's Uncle), and the Boss, Bijou, Tang, and several of his associates go to a small island to hide. While, there, Bijou and Tang encounter a widow and her daughter. As she begins to talk and play with the widow and her daughter, Bijou's haughty attitude seems to disappear, and we see the woman she could have become had she not gone to shanghai. The widow and her daughter are almost sentiments to what life could have been like for Bijou: carefree, and almost no troubles like she is in now. The film runs 2 hours long, and you will not believe it when an hour has gone by, becuase of the film's pacing. Gong Li does several wonderful turns, especially in a musical selection called "Moonlight," dressed in Chinese outfit with a delicate pink fan. There is also a cute but touching scene where she and the young widow's daughter do a small duet to a children's song that both know. The ending will leave you either in tears, or feeling empty. For me, it was the former.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sean R. Strickland on April 2, 2003
Format: DVD
Having become a recent fan of Asian cinema (one of my favorites being 3 SEASONS), I found this movie, from its outset, to draw me into the world of Shanghi, China during the 1930s. Created with precision and stunning decor both interior and exterior, the director has crafted the story of a boy who comes to the city to work as a servant for a mafia boss's "Miss." The story progresses over a week's time and is evenly paced. It's strength is found in each scene, which maintained my interest with the careful brilliance and awe of each shot, and the obvious abilities of the film's actors/actress. Highly recommended, especially to the film buff who is looking for a story/visual film that goes beneath the surface.
This movie should be in any collection of great films.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jarrod on January 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
"Shanghai Triad" still is somewhat of an ambiguous film to me - I found it to be a very good entertainment piece, and visually stunning - yet there were some elements of plot, construction, et cetera (?) that left me with a sense of dissatisfaction.
Certainly not the best of Gong Li's work, yet a wonderful addition to her extraordinary repertoire.
Gong Li is truly in a class by herself, and this movie as I said before rounds out her resume of characters which she has embodied.
Her performance is the main attration to this film, and I think that the remorse which she expresses in the final sequences are heartbreakingly beautiful. Her defiant humor and cavalier attitude at the same point in time makes one admire her ability all the more.
Lush and exciting, yet ultimately unfulfilling.
I still highly recommend this film to anyone who wishes to see Li in a departure from many of her other films - and I would have to say I enjoyed it very much.
I think Yimou made the mistake of relying on decoration in this film far too much, thereby undermining the expressive force of his actors. A sense that much was contrived, and clumsiness abounds - certainly not up to par with his earlier, more subtle works.
A movie worth every cent just for the entertainment value - with the added attraction of one of the most talented actresses the world shall probably ever know - intersting and enjoyable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Shanghai Triad (Chinese with English Subtitle)
This item: Shanghai Triad (Chinese with English Subtitle)
Price: $13.17
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?