Shanghai Kiss (2007)

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An Asian-American actor, living in Los Angeles, is forced to reconsider his roots as well as the possibilities afforded him by his present situation after suddenly inheriting his grandmother's home in Shanghai.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adelaide Bourbon
Micki Yang
Joe Silverman (as Joel Moore)
Mark Liu - Liam's Dad
Kathleen Lancaster ...
Casting Director
Jessica / Cute Blonde
Steve Connell ...
Casting Director (voice)
Brian Gardner ...
Young Handsome Guy
Adelaide's Father
Oliver Yan ...
Ling Ming
Jai Li
Chen Li ...


A struggling Chinese-American actor, who unwittingly finds himself involved with a high school girl, learns he has inherited his grandmother's home in Shanghai. The American-raised character moves to China in an attempt to connect with his ancestry, leaving behind quite possibly the only girl who has ever loved him. Written by Anonymous

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Love needs no translation.


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17 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shanghai Kid  »

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In the scene where Liam and Micki are watching a movie, Liam mentions how The Rock sounds like Richard Simmons and Micki asks 'Who is the Rock?'. Kelly Hu starred in The Scorpion King (2002) with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). See more »


When Joel returns to the table he is clearly seen holding a single serving butter pack in his left hand as he sits down, but as we switch to a different camera angle, he is holding a fork. See more »


Casting Director: So... you know Kung Fu?
Liam Liu: [Caught off guard] Er...
Casting Director: What Color belt are you?
Liam Liu: Er... I... I... I don't have a belt. Oh... you know what I love? I love suspenders.
Casting Director: You don't know martial arts?
Liam Liu: No...
Casting Director: It says on your resume that you know martial arts.
Liam Liu: Is... is there martial arts in this commercial? I thought it was for toothpaste?
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Written by David Kitay and David Baerwald
Performed by Hayden Panettiere
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Can't Resist Shanghai Kiss
26 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is something irresistible about Shanghai Kiss. The story is humorous, romantic, and thought-provoking at many different levels. A young Asian-American in search of his identity, played by Ken Leung, befriends a precocious teenager, played by Hayden Panettiere. Ken gave a brilliant performance as the witty, sensitive, and endearing young man. He was so natural that at no point did I doubt that he was that character. Hayden simply lights up the screen. Her eyes sparkle, and when she smiles, it just melts the audience's heart. As the story continues, Ken inherits a house in Shanghai, and meets a woman played by the lovely Kelly Hu. There are other relationships interwoven into the story, such as Ken's troubled relationship with his father, and his friendship with his straight-shooter nerdy buddy played superbly by Joel David Moore. I can barely do justice in describing how interesting the storyline is and how clever and humorous the dialogs are. But one thing I can say is that you would not be able to resist thinking about this film for days afterwards.

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