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.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Foreign
- Run Time: 108min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 12/22/1995
- DVD Release Date: 12/12/2000
- Distributor(s): Sony Pictures Classics
- Themes: Criminal's Revenge,Unlikely Friendships,Triad
- Tone: Atmospheric,Confrontational,Disturbing,Tense
Chinese [nationality], assassination, boy, coming-of-age, island, mistress, nightclub, revenge, singer, uncle
- Language: Mandarin