Uncle Liu brings his cousin to Shanghai to work for 'Boss,' the leader of a powerful drug empire in the 1930's. Shuisheng, a simple country boy is awed and overwhelmed by the opulence and immense wealth he is suddenly surrounded by. He is to be the attendant of Xiao Jingbao, the new mistress of 'Boss.' While he fumbles with the demands of his new role, much intrigue is going on around him, well beyond his bewildered perception. Xiao Jingbao is having a tumultuous affair, Fat Yu is starting a gang war, and 'Boss' is beginning to suspect that one of his trusted men is not loyal.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
In 1930's Shanghai violence was not the problem. It was the solution.
Did You Know?
This was a difficult film for Yimou Zhang
to make. His relationship with his leading lady Li Gong
was coming to an acrimonious end and the Chinese authorities were deliberately hassling him with complicated and elusive work permits. That was mainly because they were still annoyed with him for submitting his previous film To Live
(1994) to the Cannes Film Festival without their permission. See more
The Boss always says, "Women's business is nothing but wind. Men's business, no matter how small, is important."