Shanghai 13

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Shanghai 13
DVD cover
Traditional 上海灘十三太保
Simplified 上海滩十三太保
Mandarin Shàng Hǎi Tān Shí Sān Tài Bǎo
Cantonese Seong6 Hoi2 Taan1 Sap6 Saam1 Taai3 Bou2
Directed by Chang Cheh
Produced by Chim Sek Fan
Screenplay by Chang Cheh
Starring Andy Lau
Jimmy Wang Yu
Ti Lung
Chen Kuan-tai
Danny Lee
Bryan Leung
David Chiang
Chiang Sheng
Chi Kuan-chun
Chan Sing
Lu Feng
Music by Wong Mau San
Cinematography James Wu
Edited by Lam Sin Leung
Hong Kong Chang He Motion Picture
Winners' Workshop Production
Distributed by Da Da Film Company
Release dates
30 April 1984 (1984-04-30)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Shanghai 13, also known as The Shanghai Thirteen, is a 1984 Hong Kong-Taiwanese martial arts film written and directed by Chang Cheh and starring an ensemble cast of notable film stars such as Andy Lau, Jimmy Wang Yu, Ti Lung, Chen Kuan-tai, Danny Lee, Bryan Leung, David Chiang, Chiang Sheng, Chi Kuan-chun, Chan Sing, Lu Feng and more.


During the Second Sino-Japanese War era in China, patriot Mr. Gao (Chiang Ming) is dissatisfied with the traitorous acts of the Reorganized National Government of China and together with thief Black Hat (Jimmy Wang Yu) steals a traitorous contract set up by the government for the Japanese. Gao plans to bring the contract from Shanghai to Hong Kong and break it to the public, in hopes of exposing the traitorous acts of the Reorganized Government. Gao becomes the assassination target of the Reorganized Government's interior minister Hung Xu Wu (Seung Fung).

In order to ensure a smooth arrival of Mr. Gao and the contract to Hong Kong, Shanghai Tycoon Shen Gang Fu (Chen Kuan-tai) decides to send his underlings the Shanghai 13 to protect Gao while on his way to the dock. Unexpectedly, there are moles among the 13 men who betray Gao and Shen. With obstacles ahead and pursuers behind, under the condition of obstruction by the traitors, can Mr. Gao successfully arrive to the dock? Are the Shanghai 13 loyal or evil? On the road to the dock, there are murderous traps everywhere and bloody battles appear one after another.


  • Andy Lau as Guan Wei, the Student
  • Jimmy Wang Yu as Black Hat
  • Ti Lung as Dock boss
  • Chen Kuan-tai as Shen Gang Fu
  • Danny Lee as Xiao Yang, the Black Sniper
  • Bryan Leung as Tao Da Ye, the Millionaire
  • David Chiang as Wanderer Ye Bu Fan
  • Chiang Sheng as Feng Jin Bang, the Smoker
  • Chi Kuan-chun as Big Leopard Yuan Hai
  • Chan Sing as Black Eagle Wu Da Li
  • Lu Feng as Tiger
  • Wong Chung as Laundry owner
  • Ricky Cheng as Dagger
  • Wong Ching as Bear Lee
  • Ga Hoi as Cheater at casino
  • Yu Chung Chiu
  • Chiang Ming as Mr. Gao
  • Seung Fung as Hung Xu Wu
  • Yip Fei Yang as Wai Siu Tin
  • Chu Hoi Ling as Tao Xiao Mei, Tao's younger sister and Guan's lover
  • Peter Chang as Xiao Long
  • Lee Chung Yat as Young Master Liang Xiao Xiong
  • Tsang Ming Cheong
  • Wong Chi Sang
  • Wong Tak Sang
  • Clement Yip as Lian Sheng
  • Sonny Yue
  • Cheung Tai Lun
  • Yau Siu Lam as Little Leopard Yuan Gang
  • Chan Ka Hoi as Wei Xiao Tian

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