Zhang Yimou, the acclaimed Chinese director of Ju dou, Raise the Red Lantern and The Story of Qiu Ju, spins an epic tale of greed, revenge and lust for power set against the Shanghai opium wars of the 1930’s.
Zhang Yimou's very visual eye is present here in spades. Just beautiful to look at. it's light on story but entertaining enough. I liked how little information we were given about the affairs of the gangsters, considering the story was told from the lowest ranking member, as it made the ending more effective. Not a great movie, but pretty good. Astounding cinematography and production design make it worth watching.