The Wasted Times

The Wasted Times

The Wasted Times is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong thriller film directed by Cheng Er and starring Ge You, Zhang Ziyi and Tadanobu Asano. It was released in China and the United States on December 16, 2016.


The movie depicts events commencing prior to the Japanese occupation of Shanghai between 1934 and the end of the war in 1945. The story arcs are told in a non-linear fashion and many events are re-told revealing the truth of what actually occurred. The central characters are a Chinese crime figure, Lu (Ge You) and his Japanese brother-in-law, Watabe (Tadanobu Asano).