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The seventh film from Zhang Yimou, director of Raise the Red Lantern and Red Sorghum. The luminous Gong Li plays a gang world mistress in 1930’s Shanghai, and the film looks at a week of her life through the eyes of a country boy sent to serve his mob family in the city. Zhang remakes the genre of the gangster film to tell the story of those characters who are innocents and prisoners, for whom luxury and decadence come at too high a price. Plagued during production by interference from Chinese officials after the release of the controversial To Live, Shanghai Triad is one of the best fruits of the long and productive partnership between Zhang and Li, who had an off-screen relationship for many years.