Epic, Sprawling, Excessively Violent Chinese Actioner!
Fully Uncut 132 Minutes
known as: SHANGHAI BUND: THE MOVIE
director: Xixi Gao
starring: Chu Ja-Hywon · Peter Ho · Zitao Huang ·
Coulee Nazha · Xueqi Wang
Ho plays Li Zihao, a member of an underground student organization known
as the Blue Shirts (circa 1930s, Shanghai). They have been protesting
against - and secretly assassination - Japanese officials who are occupying
the country. The Japanese strike back by uniting with local mob boss
Tang Hexuan to disrupt the protests while killing the ringleaders. During
a brutal scrimmage, Li Zihao’s girlfriend is taken away to be executed;
he is imprisoned and tortured. A year later, Li Zihao manages to escape
with the help of a young rebel named Fang Jie who has close ties with
the gangster clan. The big boss accepts Li Zihao into his organization
but things become complicated when the young rebel discovers his girlfriend
is still alive and part of the boss' concubine.
along the way, graphic violence explodes without warning making this
one of the most extreme, over-the-top films since the Hong Kong heyday.
It stands as both a frenzied gangster movie and Xixi Gao's tribute to
the films of John Woo (especially THE
KILLER). This is a theatrical adaptation of the Chinese television
series Shanghai Bund.
Peter Ho has been building his career for twenty years. Peter was first
recognized as a television actor [especially after New Crouching
Tiger Hidden Dragon (2001) and Storm Riders (2001-2004).
His first theatrical film was the sequel to Takeshi Miike's ONE
MISSED CALL, followed by the gun actioner COLD
STEEL and THE
MONKEY KING. After this film he was lured back into TV work
for the new series Na Nian Hua Kai Yue Zheng Yuan
(Nothing Gold Can Stay), a hit for the spring 2017 season.
A Chinese/Hong Kong
film with English/Chinese subtitles; widescreen format, fully uncut
(132 min.), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC, playable on any American
machine. Extras include theatrical trailer.