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Shanghai Kiss (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 March 2007 (USA)
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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Adelaide Bourbon
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Micki Yang
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Joe Silverman (as Joel Moore)
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Mark Liu - Liam's Dad
Kathleen Lancaster ...
Georgia
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Jessica / Cute Blonde
Steve Connell ...
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Brian Gardner ...
Young Handsome Guy
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Adelaide's Father
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Virginia
Oliver Yan ...
Ling Ming
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Jai Li
Chen Li ...
Amy
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Liam Liu: Every time I go out on something, Joe, it's always for some Kung Fu Deli Store Computer Chinese...
Joe Silverman: You're a Chinese guy, you're gnna go for roles for little Chinese guys.
Liam Liu: That is bullshit, I was born in New York, how about a role for somebody in New York?
Joe Silverman: Nobody asked you to quit college and try your hands in the lucrative world of motion picture and television.
Liam Liu: What am I gonna do with a degree, I'm gonna spend 8 hours a day, trapped in a little cubicle, making one of those desktop zen guards.
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References Green Card (1990) See more »

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Hang On Little Tomato
Performed by Hayden Panettiere
Written by Abbey Patrick, China Forbes & Thomas M. Lauderdale
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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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