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Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Shanghai tan ma yongzhen

Hong Kong | 2014 | 96 minutes | Wong Ching-po

A poor country laborer moves to a 1930s Shanghai overrun with gangsters and femme fatales and gets caught in a bloody mob war with only his kung fu skills at his disposal. A remake of the 1972 Shaw Brothers-produced Boxer From Shantung.

May 28, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 3, 2014
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June 8, 2014
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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1930s, Shanghai. Four triads hold the city within an iron grip. Among the rain-slicked streets, smoky nightclubs, and debonair gangsters, Ma Yongzhen arrives from the country to work as a laborer. Despite being blessed with a preternatural talent for kung fu, he has promised his mother to stay out of trouble. Meanwhile, Long Qi, an ambitious young gangster, usurps leadership of the Axe Gang, giving him control over half of Shanghai: a development that earns the ire of the other gang lords. Ma’s fighting prowess soon attracts Long’s attention and the two develop an unexpected friendship. However, as tensions rise between the mainland and Imperial Japan, a network of spies manipulates the remaining triad bosses into launching a vendetta against Long Qi. Now both Long and Ma must fight for their lives against an overwhelming force of assassins. In his remake of the 1972 Shaw Brothers-produced Boxer From Shantung, director Wong Ching-po mixes gritty film noir with bravura martial arts to create a suave, slick, action-packed tour de force.

Director Biography

Wong Ching Po started out directing countless commercials and music videos. In 2003, he made his feature film debut with the independently produced Fu bo. His first commercial film, Jiang Hu, featuring Hong Kong stars Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung was released a year later. Once Upon Time in Shanghai is Wong's sixth feature.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Delta Air Lines, Snoqualmie Tribe

Director: Wong Ching-po
Principal Cast: Philip Ng, Andy On, Sammo Hung, Hu Ran, Chen Kuan-tai
Country: Hong Kong
Year: 2014
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Wong Jing
Screenplay: Wong Jing
Cinematographers: Jimmy Wong
Editors: Wenders Li, Wong Mo Hang
Music: Anthony Cheng, Hubert Ho, So Wang-ngai Hubert
Awards: Hong Kong Film Awards (Best New Director)
Filmography: Let’s Go! (2011); Revenge: A Love Story (2010); Mob Sister (2005); Jiang Hu (2004); Fu bo (2003)
Language: Cantonese
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Mei Ah Entertainment
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