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Shanghai Hotel (2011)

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The Shanghai Hotel is the story of a young woman named Yin Yin (Eugenia Yuan), who illegally buys her way to the USA from communist China hoping to make a better life for herself and her ... See full summary »


Jerry Allen Davis





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugenia Yuan ... Yin Yin
Hill Harper ... Carlos
Pei-Pei Cheng ... Madam
Ron Yuan ... Sharkman
Peter Greene ... Mr. Capuzzi
J.D. Williams ... Thump
Sharif Gordon Sharif Gordon ... Dean
Joy Bisco ... Carina
Emily Chang ... Young Madame
Wayne Chang ... Carina's 'John'
Pamelyn Chee ... Yoda
Cindy Chiu ... MeLi
Sheena Chou ... Ting Na
Yaya DaCosta ... Kendra
Jane Kim ... Missy


The Shanghai Hotel is the story of a young woman named Yin Yin (Eugenia Yuan), who illegally buys her way to the USA from communist China hoping to make a better life for herself and her family. After a long, treacherous journey stowed away in a dark hull of an overcrowded cargo ship, Yin Yin arrives in New York City for what she thinks will be the beginning of a better life. Falsely promised a job in the technology industry, her dreams are shattered when she is told by the Snakeheads, an Asian gang, that her debt is much higher than expected. To pay off that additional debt she will have to work it off by being a prostitute. Yin Yin is devastated by the news that she is being sold into the sex slave trade. The rundown, decrepit building that Yin Yin and the other prostitutes live and work in is known as the Shanghai Hotel. Women from Thailand, Korea and China all reside in the Shanghai Hotel. Some of the women know what they are there for but most are just like Yin Yin, unwilling ... Written by Jerry Allen Davis

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Over 1 Million Women and Children were trafficked for Sexual Slavery Last Year....This is one of their stories





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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cornucopia Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ron Yuan and Hill Harper previously acted together in CSI: NY (2004). See more »

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An important and timely film
14 July 2011 | by info-106-505494See all my reviews

The Shanghai Hotel conveys the complexity and humanity regarding the lucrative criminal enterprise that is human trafficking. Its ability to portray a difficult subject, through a Hollywood lens, and its timely nature is paramount. The movies "Trade" with Kevin Kline, and "Human Trafficking" with Donald Sutherland are also very good, but this film takes on the hybrid like quality of an "Indie" with documentary tendencies, whilst filmed through a Hollywood lens. The story, seen through the eyes of a "survivor" who was an exploited, vulnerable, and yet hopeful individual is contrasted by the depth of the characters. They are not one dimensional. Each is a complex mix of their respectively tainted senses of personal reality. I commend the writer for seeing this film through from idea creation, to fruition. I only hope that it will receive the broad viewings that it deserves! Kudos to the cast, crew, and writers; thank you for a job well done!!! Sincerely, Adriane Reesey Chair, Broward Human Trafficking Coalition

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