Shanghai Triad
aka Yao a yao, yao dao wai po qiao
First screened in April 2015
Director: Zhang Yimou. Cast: Xiaoxiao Wang, Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun, Fu Biao, Jiang Baoying, Qianquan Yang, Liu Jang, Chen Shu. Screenplay: Feiyu Bi (based on the novel by Xiao Li).

Twitter Capsule: Full potential isn't reached; boy's perspective unilluminating. Voluptuous exercise, though, with a Warner Bros end.

VOR:   Unmissable for the choregraphy of color and light, even if Zhang's remarkable gifts in both areas tip at times into kitsch. Almost nobody's favorite Zhang, but still a touchstone.

Photo © 1995 Playhouse International Pictures/The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Cinematography: Lu Yue

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Foreign Language Film

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Technical Grand Prize (cinematography, color timing, production)
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography
National Board of Review: Best Foreign Language Film

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