Directed by Zhang Yimou
Gong Li is once again the star
of a lavish period piece from China's most celebrated director. Li becomes
enmeshed in a struggle between vicious, feuding warlords. As the mistress
of Shanghai's chief gangster, she doesn't have much say in the matter.
Beautiful cinematography, for which this film was nominated for an Academy
Award, makes it simply spellbinding. The cause of controversy in China, it
offers an unparalleled look at China's enduring power politics. Mandarin
with English subtitles. 107 minutes.