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上海皇帝之雄霸天下 (1993)
Lord of East China Sea II

Reviewed by: Yellow Hammer
Date: 05/10/2001

Continuation of the first movie, Lord of East China Sea. The movie starts in 1936, at the height of Lu Yun Shan's (Ray Lui) power. He, Huang (Kent Cheng) and Yuan (Elvis Tsui) are the three big tycoons of Shanghai. The movie concentrates mainly on the Japanese takeover of Shanghai and where the loyalties of the three big tycoons, specifically Lu's, lie.

There are very very few movies where the sequel is as good as the first movie, and this is certainly no exception. There are really no events that are that compelling, surpriisng, or dramatic.

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

The continuing saga of the life of one of the most powerfulmen in China in the first half of the 20th Century. By the late 1920's, Luk has established himself as the overlord of Shanghai; a player in politics, business, and the huge underworld. But his generosity begins to strain his finances. Pondering his future, he decides to make a strong commitment to the country, opting for high society over getting high. But the 1937 attack by the Japanese on Shanghai throws both Luk and his country into turmoil. Luk is forced to flee to Hong Kong. He returns after the war, but finds the new Nationalist government isn't very accommodating. As China begins its transition to Communist rule, Luk sadly realizes he is heading towards oblivion.

[Reviewed by Rim Films Catalog]