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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Kern Konwiser, David Ren

Writer:

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
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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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Love needs no translation.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

Joe Silverman: Listen to yourself, man! You're moving to Shanghai for a girl! A *Chinese* girl for Godsakes!
Liam Liu: This is not just about the girl.
Joe Silverman: Then what is it?
Liam Liu: It just -- it *feels* right! I'm Chinese. I gotta go back to my roots.
Joe Silverman: [scoffs] All right, slow down, Kunta Kinte. You don't even speak Chinese. What the hell are you gonna do? What, drive a rickshaw?
Liam Liu: I can learn Chinese.
Joe Silverman: Learn Chinese?! Liam, you barely speak English!
Liam Liu: Don't call me Liam. Liam's my slave name.
Joe Silverman: Cute.
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References Roots (1977) See more »

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Written by David Kitay, Terra Naomi and David Baerwald
Performed by Hayden Panettiere
Produced by David Kitay
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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fun movie with some depth
10 October 2007 | by head_hunterSee all my reviews

hi, looking at the poster makes you think it might be just another teen/high school/college movie about love, friends etc. but this movie did surprise me a lot in terms of plot and made me laugh without using the f word but instead by using clever dialogs and many small scenes.

It is a movie about a troubled Asian American men (Ken) in his late twenties - a wannabe actor, without job, financially still depended on his dad, whom he cant get along with. at the same time, he gets to know a young 16 year old gorgeous (Hayden) high school girl, whom he really likes, but having the age difference in his head, his moral tells him not to take advantage of that situation. His life suddenly changes when inherited a house in shanghai and he decides moving there to find his own identity and to accept the fact he is not only amercan, but also Chinese.

like any other romance movies, the movie also starts off a little bit cheesy in the beginning, where the two main antagonists meet each other in the bus. But behind that, the movie differs a lot from the usual concept of a romance movie. The main plot is basically about a man's journey finding meaning in life, at the same time involved in a love relationship which is socially not acceptable due to the age difference. Besides the thoroughly thought dialogs, the unique plot, what I personally like most is the way Asian American man is portrayed here. He is not some math nerd, some kung fu guy, he is just some normal guy who is fun and troubled at the same time. Like you and me. This movie is definitely suitable of watching with your girlfriend/date, but it can also be enjoyed by watching alone.

i am going to order it as soon as it is available in Germany, and if you find any grammatical mistakes, you can keep it for yourself!


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Country:

USA | China | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

17 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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The Shanghai Kid See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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