Shanghai Calling (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 February 2013 (USA)
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A New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on business, where he finds himself in a legal mess that threatens his career. With the help of a relocation specialist and her contacts, he soon learns to appreciate the wonders of Shanghai.



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Ying Tang ...
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Fang Fang
Marcus Groff
Lu Cai ...
Long Shen Dao ...
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Yanyan Wu ...
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When ambitious New York attorney Sam is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected old-timer, a clever journalist, and a street-smart legal assistant, Sam might just save his job, find romance, and learn to appreciate the beauty and wonders of Shanghai. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes home is far away from home.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »


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Americatown, Shanghai  »

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$10,443 (USA) (15 February 2013)


$10,443 (USA) (15 February 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Excellent film starring Shanghai
13 May 2013 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I watched this on the plane returning to California from Shanghai and it was spot on right about the "expats" (who never think of themselves as carpetbaggers or immigrants). I was in Shanghai to teach an MBA course on business ethics and this film sent exactly the right message on that very topic. Instead of going to a new country to skim the cream in whatever unscrupulous way one can get away with, why not try being a model for others on how to succeed by doing the right thing.

I thought Shanghai's Bund itself was the star of the show, and rightly so, and the leads are both rising stars to watch. The editing could have had less abrupt resolutions, though. A bit too pat for Sam to meet a philosophical Chinese guy in a (brazen advert) Costa Coffee who leads him to enlightenment in a coffee bean.

However, the comedic moments are genuinely hilarious!

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