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Shanghai Calling (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 February 2013 (USA)
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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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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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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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A nice sweet movie that is unremarkable
1 October 2016 | by Jenova_ProjectSee all my reviews

I like this movie. I don't love it, I don't hate, I don't regret watching it, but I don't really remember it until I watch it the next time. That's the best I can tell you, and I think that's unfortunate because with the stars in the movie, the location, the cinematography, and the score, it should have been so much more. But it's slightly above average and that's frustrating.

First off, the story is the movie's biggest fault. There's just so little stakes-- nobody is living or dying. It's just very inconvenient for all those involved. It draaaagggs the movie down so much because every time we are taken away from a character moment or a comedic scene to focus on the plot, the movie gets boring. Secondly, the movie foremost wants to be a travelogue that will get you to movie to Shanghai. Since it doesn't accomplish the first thing very well, it doesn't accomplish the second thing very well either. If they had just tried to tell a compelling story instead of forcefully hinting at the charm of Shanghai, maybe it would have been more effective.

So, why did I like it then? Everything else is pretty stellar. The comedy writing is great. There's a lot of lines ("DOES ANYBODY HERE UNDERSTAND THIS GUY?") that are funny and a lot of character interactions ("Pretty Chinese girl!") that land very well. Like I said, the cinematography is nice. Shanghai is beautiful and the landscape photography really makes it pop. THE ACTORS. Daniel Henney is so charming and likable even when he is doing bad, unethical things. Eliza and Zhu Zhu are great as the "love interests" and bring a lot out of the secondary characters. Bill Paxton is a step down from his best films, but he has some general charm too.

Whenever we're given a moment to sit with the characters, the movie lands. It's just a shame that the story is so subpar. I heard through the grapevine that the movie was at one time considered as TV show, and I think that would have been a way better option since having a compelling narrative would not be as important. Instead, it kinda just serves as a nice DVD that sits on my shelf for whenever some friends come over, and we don't wanna go out.


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