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Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Glendon Wasey
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Walter Faraday
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Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ...
Justin Kronk
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Joe Go
Kay Tong Lim ...
Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ...
China Doll
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Ho Chong
Professor Toru Tanaka ...
Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge ...
Mr. Burns
Sarah Lam ...
China Doll's Maid
George She ...
Wu Ch'En She
Won Gam Bor ...
Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan ...
China Doll's Boatman
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Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they are up against every thug and smuggler in Shangai. Written by Mehmet Karaca <mkaraca@ibm.net>

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A romantic adventure for the dangerous at heart.


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

29 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras en Shanghai  »

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Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,315,683 (USA)
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Trivia

According to Time Out, Madonna traded "on her ironic stage name to play an American missionary" in this movie. See more »

Goofs

During the bathhouse scene Justin tells Glendon that the Chinese use tomato juice to remove the stench of skunks. Of course there are no skunks in China. Skunks live only in North America. See more »

Quotes

[first title card]
Title Card: Shanghai 1937
Title Card: The Year of the Japanese Occupation
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Connections

Referenced in George Harrison: The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992 (2004) See more »

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Breath away from heaven
Music & Lyrics by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison
Courtesy of Dark Horse Records & Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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It's actually much worse than you've heard--and that's the only surprise
23 April 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In 1938 China, a pretty but prim missionary needs to find a hidden stash of smuggled opium (for medicinal purposes!) and attempts to recruit the help of a ratty-looking con-man; his latest get-rich-quick scheme is glow-in-the-dark ties! After an OK opening (without Sean Penn and Madonna), this falls completely apart, weighed down by lethargic attempts at screwball comedy and no chemistry whatsoever between the leads (then a married couple). Based on Tony Kenrick's novel "Faraday's Flowers" (a better title), this failure from George Harrison's HandMade Films must have been a devastating blow to the ex-Beatle, who also executive produced, co-wrote the score and wrote and performed the songs (which are heavy on the camp-Asian allure). Just getting through the picture is a chore, and everything about it seems eternally misjudged. NO STARS from ****


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