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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.







Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Soames
... Anna Lan-Ting (as Gong Li)
... Anthony Lan-Ting (as Chow Yun-Fat)
... Richard Astor
... Tanaka
... Leni Müller
... Conner
... Ben Sanger
Yuan On ... Yuan
... Chen
... Juso Kita
... Karl Müller
... Mikey
... Ralph
... Billy


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]




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Release Date:

2 October 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shanhai  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prior to filming, Franka Potente's life was threatened by a stalker. Throughout the filming and entire production she was referred to by a pseudonym. See more »


Paul Soames: The heart is never neutral.
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Cocktail Jump
Composed and Arranged by Stephen Edwards
Courtesy Really Tall Tunes
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Coulda been a contender.
29 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Somebody saw Ang Lee's "Lust/Caution" and sold the idea of making a similar film in English with an all-star cast.

As my movie-making friends say, "Nobody starts out to make a bad film, but it happens a lot" This isn't a horrible film, it's just bad. Historically inaccurate with holes in the plot you could drive a Japanese tank through and a cast that just seems to be going through the motions.

The first hour is bearable and then things go all to pot as one unbelievable thing after another fills the screen. Gong Li is the only cast member who does a credible job. This may be the first John Cusack vehicle I haven't liked, to say nothing of Ken Watanabe and Chow Yun Fat.

It's no wonder, it spent 2 years in editing. It boggles the mind to imagine what the editors left out. Definitely not worth leaving the house to see. If you hanker to see one director's idea of what Shanghai looked like in 1941, rent the DVD. Otherwise "fuggedaboutit"!

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