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Shanghai Calling

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Daniel Hsia

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About the Movie

Ambitious New York attorney Sam (Daniel Henney of TV's THREE RIVERS, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) is transferred to Shanghai on assignment, partially because he's Chinese-American. A fish-out-of-water, he stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. With help from a beautiful relocation specialist (Eliza Coupe of TV's HAPPY ENDINGS, TV's SCRUBS), a well-connected foreign businessman (Bill Paxton of TV's HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, TWISTER), a clever but unassuming journalist (Geng Le), and a street-smart assistant (Zhu Zhu of CLOUD ATLAS), Sam might just save his job, discover romance, and learn to appreciate the many wonders Shanghai has to offer. Also starring Alan Ruck (TV's SPIN CITY, FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Though Mr. Hsia, a television alumnus who also wrote the script, has created a somewhat predictable story infused with stereotypes old and new, he gains mileage from light humor, buoyant energy and some appealing performers. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Feb 14, 2013

Fresh: [A] modest charmer. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Feb 22, 2013

Rotten: Shanghai Calling eventually reveals itself to be just another stale tale about the virtue of morality over ambition ... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Feb 12, 2013

Rotten: A clear affection for its subject and setting help deepen Daniel Hsia's otherwise shallow romantic comedy. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Feb 14, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Watch this movie!

A funny and beautifully shot movie. Loved the smart humor, the pace, and the scenery. One of the best feel good movies I've seen this year. A must watch. You won't' be disappointed. Plus, Daniel is hunky.

A Nice Surprise

Excellent surprise, offering just the right touch of humor, drama, and sentiment. A warm and light-hearted film worth your time. Nothing amazing, but then again, I don't think that was the intention.

Delicate treatment of serious existential issues

At the heart of all human interaction lies certain essential questions that must at some point be answered or resolved. For example: should steamed bun have sweet or sour pork, or more importantly, plain or striped tie for corporate meeting. These and other issues that deeply affect the way we conduct our lives as well as understand the essential truths of existence are dealt with in this deeply penetrating movie. Those looking for a light- hearted comedy that glosses over the important issues regarding our existence on earth might do better to avoid this movie and possibly move on to lighter issues as covered in 'The Seventh Seal' or 'Cries and Whispers' or possibly even 'Mondo Cane.' Be advised, you will never be the same after having seen this movie.

Shanghai Calling
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2013

Customer Ratings