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Shanghai Kiss (2007)

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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

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA | China | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

17 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shanghai Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (European Film Market) | (TV)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Garden State but better
5 September 2007 | by hw711See all my reviews

WOW, you gotta see this movie. It has a non-stereotypical Chinese male lead, which is totally rare in Hollywood films. It's a drama that has some comedic moments. It's about this 28 year old Chinese American (this part same as me) living in LA struggling with his acting career and how an opportunity to leave his normal confine changed his outlook on life and his relationship with his father and others. There is the childhood mother accident and the resulting blaming game. There is the overly positive (polar opposite of main character) girl. I know, the overall storyline is almost exactly like Garden State but the detail experiences are completely different. I actually like it a lot more than Garden State. There are less drug use and weird stuff, instead, it has more real life problems and emotions. I don't mind the former, I like Garden State too but the latter just makes you feel so much closer to the characters.

I love the scenes in Shanghai. I really want to go there now. LOL. I wonder if Hayden got the opportunity to visit while shooting the movie. BTW, all the actors were amazing (even the potential house buyer couple). The main actors displayed all range of emotions very convincingly.

I have to admit, I saw an illegal copy of the movie. But I liked it so much that not only am I going to purchase a legit DVD for myself, I'm going to buy a few to give them to my friends. It's unfortunate there is not enough promotion for it so I'm going to help spread the words myself.


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