Shanghai Heroic Story (1992)

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Chris Lee Kin-sang spins this high-budget period epic set in occupied Shanghai during Japan's invasion of China. Up-and-coming gangster Wong Tai-kwong (Roy Cheung Yiu-yeung) ventures to the city to buy back his girlfriend Nancy (Yu Li) from the clutches of crime lord Ngai Ting-yim (Damian Lau Chung-yan). Ngai strikes Wong a deal: kill an enemy of his and he gets the girl. Impressed with Wong's stellar fighting abilities after he handily dispatches with his mark, Ngai forges an alliance with the out-of-towner. Later, Wong becomes connected with the Daggers, another crime group which opposes the Japanese invasion. When the Daggers try to kill Ngai for his alliance with the invaders, Wong finds his loyalty tested.