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.


Kern Konwiser, David Ren


David Ren
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Leung ... Liam Liu
Hayden Panettiere ... Adelaide Bourbon
Kelly Hu ... Micki Yang
Joel David Moore ... Joe Silverman (as Joel Moore)
James Hong ... Mark Liu - Liam's Dad
Kathleen Lancaster Kathleen Lancaster ... Georgia
Lorna Scott ... Casting Director
Spencer Redford ... Jessica / Cute Blonde
Steve Connell Steve Connell ... Casting Director (voice)
Brian Gardner Brian Gardner ... Young Handsome Guy
Timothy Bottoms ... Adelaide's Father
Summer Altice ... Virginia
Oliver Yan Oliver Yan ... Ling Ming
Byron Mann ... Jai Li
Chen Li Chen Li ... Amy


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.


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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 »


Adelaide Bourbon: I feel so shi**y now!
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References Green Card (1990) See more »


The Hummingbird
Written by Karl Lundeberg (as Karl Fredrik Lundeberg)
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4 November 2007 | by omkaznSee all my reviews

Regardless of some of the stereotypical female characters, unrealistic situations (i.e. white girl picking up Asian guy on a bus), this movie explores some very real issues and important themes.

One of the reasons i think this movie has been taking a lot of flak for its characters development is its the first of its kind to have a Asian American MALE LEAD who DOESN"T fit the stereotypical molds. So obviously, lots of things are unrealistic. But lets examine why they seem unrealistic and seemingly improbable. It is because its never been portrayed.

Media defines culture. Music, movies, literature, art, these things are what defines culture, so obviously anything that happens in the world that can be attributed to any of the aforementioned mediums has credibility and realism, and anything that does not seem improbable. But we have to remember, HUMAN BEINGS write literature, create art, make music and direct movies. WE are in control of what defines us, and i think this movie does a great job in creating a NEW definition of what normal Asian Americans can be like, again it is a movie, so its hypothetical. Does anyone not watch spider man? Again the point is not about whether its realistic, because it is, i've seen it and i've been where this character's been, the emotions that are portrayed are very real, and if your not Asian American, or are not 1.5 generational Asian American, then you simply do not experience this cultural identity confusion and you probably will not understand this movie. But for those who fit the description and can identify with ken leung's character, this movie contains very real emotions, and of course we should be the ones that like this movie. it is kind of a movie about Asian Americans.

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Release Date:

17 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shanghai Kid See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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