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The Last Tycoon

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From Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat and powerhouse director Wong Jing comes a story of the rise and fall of real-life gangster Cheng Daqi, spanning 30 tumultuous years in Shanghai. For Cheng, innocence and young love are shattered by circumstance, wrongful imprisonment, murder, and escape. He finds himself in the crime gangs of Shanghai and apprenticed to the local "tycoon" (Sammo Hung). As the years pass, Cheng rises to the upper echelons of power and finds himself torn between the love of two women, the murderous plots of the secret service, and the looming threat of war that may destroy the entire city.

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"A rip-roaring wartime romp that wears its heart proudly on its sleeve" --Twitch

"Grand and gripping...a perfect example of blockbuster entertainment" --Moviexclusive.com

"Chow Yun-Fat is dazzling...Wong Jing at his best" --Moviexclusive.com

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  • Actors: Chow Yun Fat, Huang Xiaoming, Sammo Hung, Francis Ng, Yolanda Yuan
  • Directors: Wong Jing
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D2WWO4I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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First things first. The Hong Kong film has nothing to do with an Elia Kazan film of the same title made in 1976. “The Last Tycoon” (“Da Shang Hai”) is a Hong Kong crime drama starring two big names Chow Yun-fat and Sammo Hung. Actually, Sammo Hung’s role is more like an extended cameo, and director Wong Jing’s epic-scale drama, set in the early twentieth century Shanghai, follows the life of a triad boss Cheng Daqi (Chow Yun-fat) and his romance with his childhood friend Ye Zhiqiu (Yuan Quan / Feng Wenjuan), who becomes a famous Chinese opera performer. Huang Xiaoming plays the crime lord in his young days.

Ever charismatic Chow Yun-fat looks fine as always, but obviously this is not among his best work. His character lacks depth, and his romance with Ye Zhiqiu needs chemistry. In addition to the too many subplots involving political intrigues, hidden romances and Japanese invasion, the crime drama heavily suffers from its double narrative structure, where the story goes back and forth between two timelines too frequently.

Most Hong Kong film fans know the name of director and co-writer Wong Jing. The prolific filmmaker’s works in the past include “God of Gamblers” starring Chow Yun-fat, and “City Hunter,” starring Jackie Chan. “The Last Tycoon” is the director’s most ambitious work, an attempt to do something different, with gorgeous costumes and production values.

With all due respect to him and the effort he must have done to create this film, “The Last Tycoon” is a huge disappointment, with a familiar story told with plodding pace. We need something more than the star power and occasional so-so action set-pieces.
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Wong Jing's Hong Kong film is labeled as a crime drama, which "The Last Tycoon" certainly lives up to being. But the film also features some extremely explosive action sequences and has a rather hardcore romance element at its core. The film is constantly jumping back and forth between what's happening in the present, which takes place between 1937 and 1940, and nearly 25 years in the past. Naturally, most of the main characters are portrayed by both a more distinguished actor and a younger one.

Huang Xiaoming plays the Cheng Daqi of the past while Chow Yun-Fat is the man he grows up to be. Xiaoming does an impeccable job of portraying a young man with the undying ambition to make a name for himself. The young Cheng Daqi is always trying to prove himself nearly every time he opens his mouth. Meanwhile, Chow Yun-Fat is a bit more relaxed. He has everything he's ever wanted except for Zhiqiu (Yuan Quan) who's just walked back into his life. As the Japanese begin their takeover of Shanghai, Cheng Daqi only wants to remain loyal to his country, utilize the skills he learned under his master Hong Shouting, and somehow get Zhiqiu back into his life while also keeping Bao (Monica Mok), the love of his life, by his side.

The performances are fairly strong with Chow Yun-Fat leaping to the front of the pack. The man seems so torn between what he should do and what he needs to do as you legitimately feel his anguish through his emotional performance. Francis Ng is also incredible as Mao Zai. The man seems to be completely absent of remorse and obviously doesn't possess any sort of conscience. Ng truly makes you believe that Mao Zai is the devil on everyone's shoulder pulling all the strings.

Unfortunately the film lingers on the slow side.
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Chow Yun-Fat is an awesome actor and this one is full of action with a great
story!! We have discovered we really love Asian flicks as opposed to our
American films I'm sorry to say, but there is so much talent with the Asians
that we watch a different film every night. This awesome film is based on a true
story that is full of pristine talent from China.
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Everything about the lush and beautiful gangster melodrama "The Last Tycoon" is done with visual panache and great style. An epic tale about the rise of a small town boy named Cheng Daiqi, the film has the sweep of a classic crime saga played out as an over-the-top and operatic historical set piece. Everything is big about this picture, a movie that seems to be in love with movies. Independent scenes can instantly reference other cinematic moments from a shoot-out reminiscent of "Bonnie and Clyde," to a romantic departure out of "Casablanca," to a street fight tinged with a "Singing in the Rain" vibe, to a church confrontation straight out of classic John Woo (but without the Woo doves). It is all put together with exquisite choreography, impressive effects, and a swelling soundtrack that compliments the escalating action. It's fair to say that director Wong Jing wasn't aiming for subtlety and understatement with "The Last Tycoon!" From the fight sequences, to the bombing of Shanghai, to the stylized finale, every moment of action is staged on a grander scale than the last. In the end, it all gets a bit ludicrous, but that's part of the charm.

The always welcome Chow Yun Fat plays Cheng in his later years, and he has a world weary grace that serves the material well. We meet Cheng as a youth (an appealing Huang Xiaoming). When circumstances divide him from his young love, he makes an important connection and sets off to make a name for himself in the big city. The movie is structured in alternating timelines almost thirty years apart. We see Cheng as he rises within a powerful criminal enterprise, and we see Cheng as an established power broker.
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