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Shanghai Fever

Reviewed by: Inner Strength
Date: 04/06/2003
Summary: 2.5/5

Original, but a bit on the dull side.


Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

Conflict prevails between modern values and traditional virtues inthis delightful look at old and new China.

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Reviewed by: jfierro
Date: 12/21/1999

When Hong Kong businessman Lau Ching-Wan comes to Shanghai to invest in its booming stock market, he enlists the aid of local woman Poon Hung, who is obsessed on getting more money for her family. As her fame and fortune grows, so does the pressure, as well as the growing rift with her husband. It's a well-executed setup in which traditional ways collide with the high excitement world of modern finance. Mainland star Poon Hung is in command as the Shanghai woman caught between these two worlds. And Lau Ching-Wan holds his own against this screen legend, offering a seen-it-all Hong Kong man amused by the quaintness of the Shanghai locals. As with any film contrasting modern and traditional values, this film leans heavily towards the old-fashioned, but you almost have to expect that by now. Despite its predictability, it's a nice leisurely paced film with two strong acting leads. What more can you ask. If you have the chance, watch the Mandarin version of the film, since it uses Mandarin, Cantonese, and especially Shanghaiese to emphasize the contrast in cultures.