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Shanghai Grand
Chinese: 新上海灘 "Don't make me open up a can of whup-ass!"
Leslie Cheung and Andy Lau
Year: 1996
Director: Poon Man-Kit
Producer: Tsui Hark
Action: Stephen Tung Wai
Cast: Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Ning Jing, Lau Shun, Wu Xing-Guo, Amanda Lee Wai-Man, Almen Wong Pui-Ha, Ho Ka-Kui, Cheng Yu-Sing, Lee Kin-Yan
The Skinny: Entertaining star vehicle based on the classic TVB series.
by Kozo:

This big-ticket summer release is actually a remake of an old TVB series Shanghai Beach, which was famous for its pairing of Chow Yun-Fat as Hui Man-Keung and Ray Lui as Ding Lik. Tsui Hark has cast Leslie Cheung and Andy Lau in the two roles, with Poon Man-Kit (To Be Number One) on board as director.

Cheung is Hui Man-Keung, who’s on the run from evil Chinese bastards who know he’s a Taiwanese spy. After he escapes from a Chinese femme fatale (Almen Wong), he surfaces in Shanghai, where he’s found by Ting Lik (Andy Lau). Ting is a triad nobody, but somehow the two manage to create an empire together. Then it’s all screwed up by a woman, the ever important Fung Jing Jing (Ning Jing). Ting Lik loves her and intends to marry her, but her heart belongs to another - namely Hui Man-Keung.

The film is told in a strange three story structure, each focusing on one of the three primary characters. The result is a time-shifting narrative that manages to entertain, but that may be because of the stellar leads and Stephen Tung’s action. Both Andy Lau and Leslie Cheung do well with their roles, though both are too old for the parts and neither could ever hold a candle to Chow Yun-Fat.

Ning Jing is the weak link among the three leads, as her performance seems distant and flat. Perhaps Charlie Young would have been a better choice (she was originally chosen to play Jing Jing). Tsui Hark has infused the story with some of his trademark politics, but it doesn’t really detract from the main point of the entire exercise: big stars, big plot, commercial film. A success, but an empty one. (Kozo 1997)

Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 3 NTSC
Kam & Ronson
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
International Language Version
Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS
Removable English and Chinese Subtitles
*Also Available on Blu-ray Disc
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