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Shanghai (2010)

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A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Director:

Mikael Håfström

Writer:

Hossein Amini

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Paul Soames
Li Gong ... Anna Lan-Ting (as Gong Li)
Yun-Fat Chow ... Anthony Lan-Ting (as Chow Yun-Fat)
David Morse ... Richard Astor
Ken Watanabe ... Tanaka
Franka Potente ... Leni Müller
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Conner
Hugh Bonneville ... Ben Sanger
Yuan On Yuan On ... Yuan
Hon Ping Tang ... Chen
Benedict Wong ... Juso Kita
Christopher Buchholz ... Karl Müller
Ronan Vibert ... Mikey
Nicholas Rowe ... Ralph
Michael Culkin ... Billy
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Storyline

An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret. Written by Marisa_Gabriella

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In a world filled with secrets, solving a mystery can be murder.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some drug use and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Japanese | German

Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shanhai See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,604, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,689, 11 October 2015
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Johnny Depp was interested in the project. See more »

Goofs

Part of the plot of the film revolves around the Type 91 torpedo, and the fact that it was given to the Imperial Japanese Navy by the Germans. Although the Type 91 was a real and highly effective aerial torpedo in use by the IJN during World War II - it was used with devastating effect at Pearl Harbour - it was not a German design. It was developed by the Japanese themselves back in 1931, and went through various modifications and improvements until its use in World War II, including the addition of wooden stabilising fins for use in the shallow waters of Pearl Harbour. It also doesn't make much sense for the Japanese to only get the weapon two months before launching their attack, because that would have given no time for further development and modification for Japanese torpedo bombers, or for training pilots in its use. Historically, there actually was a real exchange of aerial torpedo technology between Germany and Japan, but it was in the opposite direction and only in 1942. The Germans had no good aerial torpedoes of their own, having previously bought ones from Italy. The Japanese sent some examples of the Type 91 to Germany via submarine, where the German version entered service designated as 'Lufttorpedo LT 850'. See more »

Quotes

Paul Soames: The heart is never neutral.
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Soundtracks

If I Can Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
Written by Amos Milburn
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of Stardust Records / San Juan Music Group ltd.
By arrangement with pigFACTORY USA LLC
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A captivating drama about spies in the turbulent Shanghai in the 1940's
25 August 2010 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about the lives of several spies from America and China in the turbulent Shanghai in the 1940's.

"Shanghai" is a mesmerising film that successfully recreates the 1940's feel of Shanghai. The film is engaging throughout, with no unnecessary scenes. It is also straightforward and easily understandable, which is a rarity for spy dramas. It is also captivating, as it beautifully captures the stress of people living deceitful lives, not knowing who to trust, without any back up. Even your best friend can be someone entirely different, befriending you only for intelligence.

Gong Li is great in "Shanghai", she radiates beauty and charm, and yet at the same time her extraordinary elegance seems to be begging for pity and mercy. She is rightly cast for her role.


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