Excellent Shanghai mafia fstory
Gregory E Bylinsky | New York, NY USA | 09/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An excellent movie similar to The Godfather Parts I & II and Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America. Set in wide-open 1930s Shanghai, it follows the friendship of a marooned Taiwanese political activist (Leslie Cheung) who is rescued by an up and coming Shanghai mobster. Cheung saves the life of his mobster friend, but their agendas and love interests cross wires in a violent and emotional ending. Highly recommended."
Another great Johnnie To film
Jason G. Webb | TAYLOR, MICHIGAN USA | 11/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie pays homage to many of the classic gangter/1930's crime films made in the USA in the past 40 years. When you watch this you can't help but be reminded of "The Sting", The first two Godfather films and Once Upon a Time in America. I'd even put it above Leone's film in that it knows where to cut out the unnecessary; which can be a problem in some Hong Kong films. Andy Lau steals the screen once again, and if you haven't seen him in Infernal Affairs 1 & 3, get it now before Scorcese releases his remake. Leslie Cheung also had played the drama and action into his already complicated character with pure professionalism.
The story is great, better than most of the crime films released in the US in the past 5 years, and the film is cut to leave you forced to rewatch the film to catch the subtleties that you missed the first time through."
Great Gangster Movie With Almen Wong as the Assassin
D. Shamon | Pembroke Pines, FL United States | 08/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Shanghai Grand is a great movie for an entrance point to Hong Kong movies in general. The film has a big budget feel with lush surrounding atmosphere. The acting is top notch and the plot is solid for gangster style movies. Who really stands out however, is a particularly sinister performance by (at the time) newcomer Almen Wong as the assassin. She was only in the film for about 10 minutes or so but is so vicious and evil that it just adds to the overall intensity of the movie. Multiple watchings are advised as several sub-plots keep the viewer occupied."