"Chicago in the Thirties gave birth to the gangster film, reflecting the dreams of the times. Today, millions of Chinese peasants are converging on Shanghai. Shuisheng, the leading character in the film, is just like them. The rebirth of Shanghai today is, oddly enough, the same as Shanghai in the Thirties. Thanks to the extraordinarily gifed ZHANG Yimou and his actress GONG Li, this film, about the Godfather of Shanghai, mirrors the aspirations of millions of Chinese peasants flocking into Shanghai and dreaming of a new life."
--- Jean Louis PIEL (Director)
Last modified 1-December-1995.
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