Zhang’s inventive take on the gangster film is “assured and attention-grabbing” (Variety) and Gong’s central performance, “a portrait of a capricious and indulgent woman who gains depth as we watch her — is one of her finest” (Chicago Tribune).
Hired to be a servant to pampered nightclub singer and mob moll Xiao Jinbao, naive teenager Shuisheng is thrust into the glamorous and deadly demimonde of Shanghai’s crime syndicates. Over the course of seven days, Shuisheng observes mounting tensions as triad boss Tang begins to suspect traitors amongst his ranks and rivals for Xiao Jinbao’s affections.
France/China 1995, 108 min, Dir: Zhang Yimou
Mandarin with subtitles
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