Shanghai Triad

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Yimou Zhang
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min


Gong Li

Li Baotian - Li Xuejian

Sun Chun - Wang Xiaoxiao

Literary Advisor

Wang Bin

Production Managers: Zhang Jianmin

Hu Xiaofeng - Zhang Zhenyan

General Administrator


Production Designer

Cao Jiuping


Du Yuan

Director of Photography

Lu Yue

Sound Designer

Tao Jing

Music Composer

Zhang Guangtian

Executive Producers

Zhu Yongde &Wang Wei

Wu Yigong

(Shanghai Film Studios) and...

Freely Adapted from the Novel

"Gang Law" by Li Xiao

Screenplay by

Bi Feiyu

Produced by

Jean-Louis Piel

Directed by

Zhang Yimou

That must be the boy.

Pull over.

Are you Shuisheng?.

Uncle Liu?.

Gosh, you've grown!

-How's your dad?.


-Your ma?.


I was afraid

I wouldn't find you.

Ma said I should wait...

by the boat.

In Shanghai

you have to watch out.

Get in the truck.



Stay in the truck!

Mr. Song.

Now pay attention.

In Shanghai...

you have to learn what to do.

Listen carefully.

Do everything I say.

-Got it?.

-Got it.

All outsiders get searched here.

This is Shuisheng.

He's from the country.

This is where the Boss lives.

You're so dirty,

we'll go in the back way.

I'll show you

around the house later.

All the kids in our family...

want to come here to get rich...

but you're the only one

I recommended.

Don't let me down!

It's good to be rich.


You know what "rich" means?.

Any place in Shanghai...

if the Boss wants it...

he gets it.

The money that goes

through the Tang family's hands--


I'd start up a small shop.

You really are a bumpkin!

You know why you are here?.

Because your name is Tang.

The boss trusts nobody...

except members of our family.

Scrub yourself all over.

You'll be serving

a young lady.

She's the Boss's mistress.

He's made her

the queen of Shanghai.

I don't know

what he sees in her myself.

Her name is Bijou.

Her sign is the Snake.

The boss told me that.

You'll have to work hard.

Got it?.

Got it.

Eat up!

You've never seen this?.

It's called ice cream.

This is the Boss's club.

It's the hot spot.

Look, that's Bijou!

Pretending, youre pretending

Don't bother pretending


You can't wait to look at me

Don't be shy, take a good look

Don't look so serious

Don't look so distant

Don't look so serious

Don't look so distant

Serious, shy, it's all an act

Your eyes have already been

all over me

From head to toe, all over me

You've secretly looked

all over me

Embarrassed, embarrassed

Why be embarrassed

You think you love me

You want to love me

What a tram p!

The Boss sent his wife away

because of her.

Who would dare to go near her?.

Now she's with the Boss,

she doesn't smile at anyone.

She really thinks

she's the queen of the stage!

If the Boss dropped her...

she'd be out on the streets.

What a slut!

On my body

I can feel your eyes

Roving up, roving down

On my body

I can feel your eyes

Shuisheng! Let's go.

Got that?.

You must call her " Miss."

From now on

you're her servant.


Say " Miss."


Come here.

Turn around.

Pretty hips!

No wonder the clients

are all over you.

Did that old man feel you up

without paying?.

So you hid it!

Stuff it inside you, I'd still find it.

You know the rule.

Your ass is your own...

but if you get fondled in here...

the money is for me.

That's the rule.


All right.

Since it's the first time...

I'll give you the money back.

Thank you, Miss.

But I hate to break the rules...

so no wages.

That will teach you.

Get lost!

So this time

I get a little rooster!

Come here.

How old are you?.

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Bi Feiyu

Bi Feiyu (Chinese: 毕飞宇; pinyin: Bì Fēiyǔ, born 1964) is a Chinese writer. His works are known for their complex portrayal of the "female psyche." He has won some of the highest literary awards in China. He also wrote the screenplay for Zhang Yimou's 1996 film Shanghai Triad. more…

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