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Shanghai Surprise (1986)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 29 August 1986 (USA)
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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Glendon Wasey
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Walter Faraday
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Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer ...
Justin Kronk
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Joe Go
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Mei Gan
Sonserai Lee ...
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Ho Chong
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Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge ...
Mr. Burns
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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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Storyline

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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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Aventuras en Shanghai  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,315,683 (USA)
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Trivia

While Madonna did not sing in this movie, she sang the theme song for another Sean Penn movie, "Live to Tell" for At Close Range (1986), released the same year. 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 »

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

Featured in David Walliams' Awfully Good: Awfully Good Movies (2011) See more »

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Shanghai Surprise
Music & Lyrics by George Harrison
Performed by George Harrison with Vicki Brown
Courtesy of Dark Horse Records & Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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I liked it!
13 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

OK, it's not a classic, not every movie is, but if you just want to see a tongue-in-cheek romantic comedy you could do worse.

The music of George Harrison helps and I, for one, kinda' liked this unpretentious little movie.

Not many movies were being made about China in 1986 and being set in 1938 during the Japanese occupation adds some historic appeal.

The plot, although unbelievable, is not really predictable and some of the supporting characters are interesting to say the least.

If you want to see a "great movie" then watch something else but if you like a fun movie with a few twists and turns then Shanghai Surprise might be just right.


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