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Title: Shanghai Calling Director: Daniel Hsia Starring: Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, Geng Le, Zhu Zhu, Alan Ruck, Bill Paxton A vibrant, fun, cross-cultural romantic comedy with echoes of “Jerry Maguire,” writer-director Daniel Hsia’s “Shanghai Calling” tells the story of a multimillion-dollar business deal gone sideways, and a man scrambling to make things right while also incrementally, almost subconsciously, experiencing an attitudinal shift in priorities. Offbeat scenarios, a fresh backdrop and warm performances enliven this surprising, Chinese-shot treat, which makes great use of its cast without ever sacrificing the integrity of its characters. Sam Chou (Daniel Henney) is a white-collar corporate lawyer who’s completely comfortable with his cutthroat mentality. Tasked by [ Read More ]
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He's an ambitious Chinese-American lawyer who finds himself a fish out of water when sent to China to close a big deal. She's a blond single mom, an American expat comfortable in her Shanghai surroundings. When Sam (Daniel Henney) and Amanda (Eliza Coupe) meet, love is preordained, though it takes lots of cluttered melodrama and jumbled cultural commentary before their happy ending can become a reality in Shanghai Calling, writer/director Daniel Hsia's story about Sam's attempts to salvage his career after trouble arises with a contract regarding new cell-phone technology. Between animated graphics, split screens, and framing narration, Hsia makes his material gratingly cutesy, and his attempts to confront issues regarding China's transformation into a global powerhouse—an »
Life imitates art for actress Eliza Coupe in her upcoming indie "Shanghai Calling." The story focuses on a group of Americans who reboot their lives by starting over in China; Coupe has enjoyed her two consecutive roles playing biting blondes on TV — on "Scrubs" and now "Happy Endings" — but relocating to an exotic locale for the part of a sweet single mom gave the actress a powerful understanding of the expat appeal.
The pull of Shanghai notwithstanding, Coupe did return to the States, where we got the scoop on faking conversational Chinese, the dangers of playing too many a**holes, and more.
You didn't speak Chinese at all before filming "Shanghai Calling," right? But you speak quite a bit of it in the movie — and very convincingly! Did you actually learn any Chinese for the role, or did you memorize it phonetically? It's impressive, either way.
I think if I remember correctly, »
- Brooke Tarnoff
“Shanghai Calling”, from writer/director Daniel Hsia is a play it by the books “classic fish out of water” romantic comedy. It stars Daniel Henney, who we last saw in “X-men Origins: Wolverine” as Sam Chao, an ambitious Manhattan attorney sent to Shanghai to start a new branch office for his big powerful law firm. Things fall apart quickly though, as he quickly digs himself a hole by refusing to adapt to the customs of his new location. The film is filled with an excellent international cast: Eliza Coupe, Alan Ruck and Bill Paxton lead the ex-pat Americans in Shanghai. Zhu Zhu (“What Women Want”) and Geng Le (“Desires of the Heart”) round out the Chinese characters. The social and cultural faux pas are so stereotypical that to be honest, this movie could have been “insert foreign country here” Calling. Sam tries to give directions to a taxi driver, while »
4 items from 2013
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