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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 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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The brainchild of Mike Medavoy, who was born in Shanghai in 1941, and who developed the story through his Phoenix Pictures shingle. The project was subsequently bought by Harvey Weinstein, while still at Miramax. It took eight years to get it made. See more »

Quotes

Paul Soames: The heart is never neutral.
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Written by Tony Kinsey
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Very Thrilling War Detective
2 January 2011 | by denis888See all my reviews

I have really enjoyed this excellent movie, since i love war films. This one is about a pre-Pearl Harbor Shanghai, where Japanese, Chinese, Nazi, American intelligence services clash, and it's common people who make history. John Cusack is a great choice for the main role, and he delivers his part impeccably. Being a secret agent, he is deeply sensitive and sensible man, who wants to reveal some mysteries and he is right in the whirlwind of a war craze. Other actors include Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li, among others, and they all do great jobs. Japanese soldiers fight the Chinese partisans, Americans try to find out what they think will help... and all this is a dizzying background to a deep touching story of love, hate, cowardice, friendship, bravery and valor. This movie is highly recommended


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