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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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Anna Lan-Ting (as Gong Li)
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Anthony Lan-Ting (as Chow Yun-Fat)
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Richard Astor
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Tanaka
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Leni Müller
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Conner
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Ben Sanger
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Yuan
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Chen
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Juso Kita
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Karl Müller
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Mikey
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Ralph
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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,604 (USA) (4 October 2015)

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$44,689 (USA) (11 October 2015)
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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 »

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Paul Soames: The heart is never neutral.
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A captivating drama about spies in the turbulent Shanghai in the 1940's
25 August 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about the lives of several spies from America and China in the turbulent Shanghai in the 1940's.

"Shanghai" is a mesmerising film that successfully recreates the 1940's feel of Shanghai. The film is engaging throughout, with no unnecessary scenes. It is also straightforward and easily understandable, which is a rarity for spy dramas. It is also captivating, as it beautifully captures the stress of people living deceitful lives, not knowing who to trust, without any back up. Even your best friend can be someone entirely different, befriending you only for intelligence.

Gong Li is great in "Shanghai", she radiates beauty and charm, and yet at the same time her extraordinary elegance seems to be begging for pity and mercy. She is rightly cast for her role.


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