Love, hatred, and betrayal abound in Shanghai during the chaotic, war-torn 1930’s. Mr. Lu is ambushed during an important meeting with the Japanese army, but his sister’s husband, Watabe sacrifices himself to save Mr. Lu. Worse still, the Japanese brutally murder Mr. Lu’s children and sister. To avenge their deaths, Mr. Lu’s mistress attempts to kill the culprit but ends up dead. Years later as the Sino-Japanese war comes to a close, Mr. Lu visits the abandoned wife of his former boss, Mrs. Wang. She reveals that Watabe is still alive and did not sacrifice himself to save Mr. Lu, but is actually a Japanese spy responsible for the deaths of his family members and captured her as a slave in his basement. Given this new revelation, Mr. Lu takes Mrs. Wang to the war camp where Watabe is held to finally make him pay for his sins
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One downside is that most of the characters are killed in the short term, not giving the viewer time to figure out who the killer is.
"The Wasted Times" to my point of view is a Shanghai gangsters movie and idea for lovers to fight through the Japanese occupation during World War II in a fateful cinematographic art.
It is not a gangsters movie, nor a war movie. Is a movie that deals with the dark side of the time periods, and the dark side of the people living in them. A movie where there are no good guys vs bad guys per se, however a battle does rage through the movie.
I don't want to give any more hints than the synopsis already gave out -