Shanghai Calling (2013)
Average Rating: 5.5/10
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Average Rating: 5.1/10
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Imagine a steady stream of immigrants, traveling across a vast ocean to a foreign country, searching for new jobs and better lives. But the immigrants are Americans, and the country they are moving to... is China. SHANGHAI CALLING is a romantic comedy about modern-day American immigrants in an unfamiliar land. When an ambitious New York attorney is sent to Shanghai on assignment, he immediately stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. But with help from a beautiful
Feb 8, 2013 Limited
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Daniel Henney is personable as Sam, and Eliza Coupe is even more so as Amanda. Daniel Hsia wrote and directed with agility, and he makes sure that his story doesn't get in the way of his presentation of the city.
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.
Shanghai Calling doesn't aspire to fresh insight, let alone profundity. But it's nice to see the American migration narrative get out of the house for some fresh air.
A clear affection for its subject and setting help deepen Daniel Hsia's otherwise shallow romantic comedy.
It's a sharp setup - a rich American learns what it's like to be steamrolled by unfettered capitalism - but the script cushions things completely.
Henney's lanky appeal as he tries to cope with an avalanche of language and cultural challenges is a pleasure to watch.
Offbeat scenarios, a fresh backdrop and warm performances enliven this vibrant, surprising, Chinese-shot treat, a fun cross-cultural romantic comedy with echoes of Jerry Maguire.
If you prefer your social commentary in the form of a glorified sitcom with broad humor and even broader caricatures, look no further.
Audience Reviews for Shanghai Calling
- Sam: China's going to be a great place once it's finished.
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