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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.

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... 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
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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.


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

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2 October 2015 (USA)  »

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$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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2.35 : 1
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The project was set to roll in early 2008 in China, but the authorities blocked the shoot just a few weeks before production was set to begin. China's exit meant walking away from sets that had been built, at a cost of three million dollars. The Weinstein Company shifted the shoot to London and Thailand, where sets have been built re-creating Shanghai's old colonial architecture. See more »

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Paul Soames: The heart is never neutral.
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Sing Sing Sing
Composed by Louis Prima
Arranged and Produced by Stephen Edwards
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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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