Wednesday, 2 January 2013

The Last Tycoon (大上海) (2013)

Think of this as The Great Gatsby meets Gangs of New York, set in Shanghai.

The gimmick: The life and achievements of an upwardly mobile gangster; a mysterious bigshot who runs into his childhood sweetheart, now married. Both protagonists are the same person, 20 years apart.

This film doesn't work: Gatsby depends on how little we know of his climb to fortune; GONY depends on how insecure the gangster's career feels.

Skip: Premise already fails; Chow puts in one of his most lazy ham acts in a while. A shame for someone who started out as an Asian Mastrioanni.

Read my full review at Fridae, first published on 2 January 2013.

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