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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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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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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 »

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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 Roots (1977) See more »

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Acht O'Clock Rock Remix
Performed by Duke Ellington Orchestra
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Written by Duke Ellington
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Wow an Asian male lead who's more a lover than a fighter...
4 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all, this is quite a touching story about a young man learning about himself and what drives him. One could easily see someone like Zach Braff playing the lead role and the movie does have a bit of the feel of Garden State with perhaps even sharper dialog. It would be a good movie without the added dimension of having the a realistic Asian-American male lead, Liam, brilliantly portrayed by Ken Leung. Liam has problems, but not the stereotypical Asian problem of shyness - he's has no problems picking up women of all races (though he prefers blondes) but can't seem to relate to any of them except a precocious teenager (wonderfully played by Hayden Panettiere of Heroes fame) who is off-limits.

He's forced to look deep into his roots when his grandmother whom he's never met leaves her house in Shanghai. The identity conflict that arise from being born in one country but raised in another is what I call the 1.5 generation problem. The first and second generation of immigrants identify with their country of birth, either the old country or the new one, but those of us that are in between are uniquely cognizant of both cultural pulls. It's not so bad in Canada where this is nearly the norm nowadays, but the monoculture in the US and the pressure to choose tribes puts a lot of stress on someone like Liam or I imagine, the writer, David Ren, who are both Asian and American and neither. This struggle is brought out sensitively, naturally and is touching without being overly sentimental or preachy.

I hope this film what Double Happiness and Sandra Oh did for female Asian-Americans (actually Canadian - she's from my home town) and acclimate Hollywood to a multi-faceted realistic male Asian lead. In any case, regardless of the political implications, this is just a good, enjoyable romantic comedy about a young man finding himself and well worth watching.


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