Movie: Shanghai Triad

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Visually and musically influenced by American gangster movies, this tale of a 1930’s gang in Shanghai made me wonder how much influence I was seeing from western films, and how much was actually present in China at that time. The story itself is not at all western. It moves slowly and thoughtfully, muting violence, examining both the corruption of the gangsters and the process of enslavement that lead them there from childhood.

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