The last tycoon

The last tycoon

DVD - 2012 | Chinese
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Cheng Daqi is framed by the police chief and sent to prison. He escapes from prison with his cellmate and works his way up in the mob. Cheng becomes the most powerful mob boss in Shanghai and must rule the empire.
Publisher: [Hong Kong] :, Distributed by Distribution Workshop (HK) Limited ;, [United States] :, Well Go USA Entertainment,, [2012].
Edition: Widescreen (16:9) version.
Copyright Date: ©2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (119 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
Oct 27, 2013

Another run of the mill poor boy turn gangster boss story in Shanghai before the Japanese invasion. There was little originality in plot, romance, mob loyalty, Chinese-Japanese war ... or character study of heroes or traitors in mho. Even the few special effects on bombing over Shanghai looked wrong. The gun fight scenes were specially troublesome as those 1900 pistols were firing as if they had 100 round clips ... big disappointment.

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Oct 27, 2013

From IMDb: Set in Shanghais Gangster era of the early 1900s, THE LAST TYCOON tells the tale of CHENG (Chow Yun-Fat), a young man who is set up by the chief of police (Sammo Hung) and must leave the life he knows and QIU (Monica Mok), the woman he loves, to start again. After escaping prison CHENG quickly and violently moves his way up the ladder of Shanghais criminal underworld to become on the most powerful mob bosses in Shanghais history. But fame and notoriety take their toll when CHENG finds himself stuck between the looming Japanese army and the scheming local secret service. Matters are only made worse when he bumps into the love of his life QIU, along with her writer husband. Will love re-kindle in the dusk of an era?

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