“The Last Tycoon” is set in old Shanghai, China and is part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. It is a crime drama film in 2012 starring Chow Yun-fat, Sammo Hung, Francis Ng and Huang Xiaoming.
I was reluctant to watch this biopic, although I have read a lot of good reviews, until finally I had time to watch it a few days ago. It’s indeed a beautiful, moving film. It was released in mainland China on 22 December 2012, and in Hong Kong on 3 January 2013.
The movie is set in old Shanghai in 1913 during the early Republican era, directed by veteran film maker and producer Wong Jing Hong who also has directed, produced and written over 175 films.
A critically acclaimed Asian movie with a touch of infernal affairs-old film in Chinese-part culture linking to Shanghai crime-lords. “The Last Tycoon” was selected as part of the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival. The biopic movie is based on the popular Hong Kong TV series “The Bund” in 1980, taking place in Old Shanghai.
It has been stirring a lot of media attention with different reviews from the entertainment industry.
The film is actually a biopic of Du Yuesheng (played by Chow Yun-fat as an adult and Huang Xiaoming as a kid), a real-life godfather who has officially been banned from history books by the Chinese government.
Cheng Daqi, a young man working as a fruit vendor, travels to Shanghai in search of a new life and meets a police chief who is also a triad boss. Over the years Cheng gradually rises through the ranks in the criminal underworld of Shanghai and becomes an influential triad boss.