Shanghai, Shanghai Review (1990)
Director: Teddy Robin Kwan
Action Director: Deon Lam Dik On, Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Tak
Shanghai, Shanghai stars two of kung fu cinemas best, Sammo hung and Yuen Biao. Not the best movie they have starred in, but it does have it’s moments.
Little Tiger (Yuen Biao) left his hometown and went to Shanghai staying with his elder brother, Big Tiger (George Lam), who is a police officer. However, he accidentally got involved in robbing the National Salvation Funds. He also met Pao (Sandy Lam), a member of an acrobatic troupe, in this incident. Little Tiger was later invited to work for the triad society due to his outstanding fighting skills and swiftness.
Big Tiger was order to protect Mary Sung (Anita Mui), the goddaughter of a Shanghai celebrity Mr. Chin (Sammo Hung) and his ex-girlfriend, who came back from America recently. Mary a member of the revolution party, had been investigating the loss of the Funds. Eventually she found out the in-charge behind the curtain of this robbery was her most respected godfather. Could she bring Chin in front of the law and give back justice? Would Big Tiger and Little Tiger be able to sort out their conflicting identities? Could Big Tiger and Mary be together again?
If you are looking for a classic kung fu movie, then this wont really deliver, as there are only a few stand out moments throughout the movie. The plot really isn’t that great and doesn’t keep you interested enough to keep your viewing for the whole 80 minutes.
Some of the stand out moments are of course the fight scene between Sammo and Yuen Biao at the end of the movie, which is a great fight scene, with both going toe to toe performing high kicks, great hand to hand combat and stunts.
Anita Mui is in fine fighting form, producing some excellent kicks of her own which really surprised me (Even though i knew she could bust a few moves). Sammo always plays a great villain, his acting skills are very under-rated and he put a great villain performance in with the movie Sha Po Lang, along side Donnie yen. Meng Hoi and Yuen Tak also appear in this movie.
The movie is OK, nothing special, but the few fights within the movie are a great watch.