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Shanghai Calling (2012)

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A New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on business, where he finds himself in a legal mess that threatens his career. With the help of a relocation specialist and her contacts, he soon learns to appreciate the wonders of Shanghai.

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Daniel Hsia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Le Geng ... Awesome Wang (as Geng Le)
Daniel Henney ... Sam
Sean Gallagher ... Brad
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Pritchard
John Paul Lopez John Paul Lopez ... Cohen
Eliza Coupe ... Amanda
Bill Paxton ... Donald
Ying Tang Ying Tang ... Ayi
Yong Wang Yong Wang ... Taxi Driver
Zhu Zhu ... Fang Fang
Alan Ruck ... Marcus Groff
Lu Cai ... Guang
Long Shen Dao Long Shen Dao ... Reggae Band
Yanyan Wu Yanyan Wu ... Natalie
Arran Hawkins Arran Hawkins ... Chase
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Storyline

When ambitious New York attorney Sam is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could end his career. With the help of a beautiful relocation specialist, a well-connected old-timer, a clever journalist, and a street-smart legal assistant, Sam might just save his job, find romance, and learn to appreciate the beauty and wonders of Shanghai. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes home is far away from home.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Shanghainese

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Americatown, Shanghai See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,443, 17 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,443, 17 February 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shanghai Calling
Music by Nathan Wang
Lyrics by Fat Bao and Shelly Ren
Performed by Fat Bao and Christie Chong
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refreshing story, but not so exciting to watch, a few cliché lame jokes.
22 July 2014 | by Hunky StudSee all my reviews

I think that there is only one similar film "outsourced" which was made a few years ago. So this story is very unique. It also has some semi- famous actors in it, but the story is not exciting. It is almost predictable.

And there are a few obvious problems in it. When it was shot in the streets of shanghai, it was so apparent that lots of people were watching while it was filmed. It instantly makes the audiences realizing that they are watching a fake film.

Second, the restaurant scene was so awkward, not funny at all. Because when he stood up, you can see that the rest of the tables were almost empty. Some of the jokes are just plain simple cliché and not funny.

There are plenty of expatriates living in Shanghai or other cities in China, I think that maybe one of them can write a real story. And the male protagonist doesn't even have any Chinese blood in him.


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