Shanghai Surprise (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shanghai Surprise (1986)




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When a huge shipment of opium is lost during the 1937 Japanese invasion of China, it remains hidden for more than a year. However, missionary Gloria Tatlock (Madonna) has heard of the legendary stash of drugs and hires American con man Glendon Wasey (Sean Penn) to help her obtain the opium to relieve the suffering of wounded Chinese soldiers. The pair soon discover, however, that they aren't the only ones searching for the missing drug shipment.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Kenrick, Robert Bentley, John Kohn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 22, 2003
Vestron Video

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Sean Penn
as Glendon Wasey
as Gloria Tatlock
Paul Freeman
as Walter Faraday/Fathe...
Richard Griffiths
as Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer
as Justin Kronk
Sonserai Lee
as China Doll
Victor Wong
as Ho Chong
Prof. Toru Tanaka
as Yamagani San
Sarah Lam
as China Doll's maid
George She
as Wu Ch'En She
Kay Tong Lim
as Mei Gan
Won Gam Bor
as Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan
as China Doll's Boatman
David Li
as Doorman at Zig-Zag C...
Keith Bonnard
as Maitre'D at Zig-Zag ...
Claire Lutter
as Prostitute
Pamela Yang
as Prostitute
Michael Chow
as Street Barker
Samuel Tsao
as Street Barker
Phil Tan
as Ship's Officer
George Harrison
as Nightclub Singer
Philip Tan
as Ship's Officer
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
AV Club
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Madonna's incompetent performance secured her reputation as a no-talent actress...and, to date, she still hasn't been able to shake that reputation.

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
EDGE Boston

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Surprise

So so so boring, I caught this on TV last night, and I couldn't even understand what Penn was saying or what they were supposed to be doing in the movie. The story is ridiculous and I'm like it's supposed to be a romance or what? It was too boring for me to care, so I switched channels before the end. Stay away from this movie, it's just horrendous.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I really don't know where to start... and I really don't know where to end! This balant Indiana Jones/ Romancing the Stone rip-off is one of the most tedious, tiresome, and dull films I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure that's all that really needs to be said.

Michael S

Super Reviewer

This movie gets 1 star for Sean Penn and 1 star for Madonna and that's pretty much all it had going for it!

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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