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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.

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:

$10,400, 18 February 2013

Gross USA:

$10,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,400
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Light and romantic...
13 February 2013 | by mathmaniacSee all my reviews

This film is about a young American lawyer whose employers send him to Shanghai to represent the firm in China.

There are at least three intertwining plots. Of these, the most touching and sweet romance occurs between two Chinese people.

There are several important characters. Of these, the most forceful is not a person, but a city: Shanghai, with its Chinese culture and lightning-fast business environment.

The story is simple: the old fish-out-of-water struggles of a confident person struggling in a new environment. The viewer doesn't learn much about the backgrounds of the two romantic leads who can speak fluent English to each other. It doesn't matter, because they are both adrift and recognize each other as they drift. That process is romantic.

Daniel Henney is so attractive, its hard to imagine that he would not already be a serious relationship back in the States. The same could be said of Eliza Coupe, whom he meets his first day in Shanghai.

Hijinks ensue, but the subdued kind. The Chinese kind. Romance ensues, but the subdued kind. The Chinese and American kind.

Worth watching, more than once.


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