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Plot, Details & Awards

Shanghai Triad

Rated R for some language and images of violence.

R In Theaters 12/22/1995 , 108min.
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Plot & Details

Country boy Shuisheng (Wang Xiaoxiao) is brought to 1930s Shanghai by his uncle who wants the boy to become a member of the powerful gang ruled by manipulative Tang (Li Baotian). In fact, Shuisheng will serve Tang's capricious mistress Bijou (Gong Li), a nightclub singer whom the boss proclaimed "the Queen of Shanghai." When the boy's uncle and the gang's several other members die during a rival gang's unsuccessful attempt on Tang's life, the latter retreats to a remote small island, taking both Bijou and Shuisheng with him and thinking of revenge. The film's English-language title is a little bit deceiving (the original Chinese title translates to "Row, Row, Row to Grandmother's Bridge," a line in Tang's favorite song performed by Bijou), as this drama centers more on the boy's coming of age and Bijou's disillusionment than on Shanghai gang wars.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Lu Yue Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Technical Prize Bruno Patin Won
1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Technical Prize Lu Yue Won
1995 Cannes Film Festival Grand Technical Prize Olivier Chiavassa Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Lu Yue Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Lu Yue Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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