Shanghai Calling

Shanghai Calling

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Shanghai Calling (2012/2013)

Opened: 02/15/2013 Limited

San Francisco02/08/2013 - 02/14/20137 days
Playhouse 702/15/2013 - 02/21/20137 days
TCL Chinese 602/15/2013 - 02/21/20137 days
Quad Cinema/NYC02/15/2013 - 02/21/20137 days
Forest Hills, ...02/15/2013 - 02/21/20137 days

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Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama

Rated: PG-13 for some language including sexual references.

Sometimes home is far away from home.


An ambitious young American attorney discovers that his hard-charging approach to corporate law is no match for the surprises of modern China in Shanghai Calling, an intelligent, charming, cross-cultural romantic comedy that marks the feature film debut of writer and director Daniel Hsia. One of the first of a new wave of Sino-American co-productions, Shanghai Calling features an outstanding international cast and a timely story, all set against the gorgeous backdrop of modern Shanghai, a city whose blend of old and new, and East and West, has made it a symbol of contemporary globalization.

Sam Chao (Daniel Henney), an up-and-coming Manhattan attorney angling for partnership, is dispatched by his bosses to Shanghai to open the firm's new satellite office there. If Sam completes the three-month assignment, they will give him the promotion he's been dreaming about. But Sam may not be suited for life in China. His first day in Shanghai, he humiliates Amanda (Eliza Coupe), the lovely relocation specialist hired to smooth his way into the expat community, browbeats Fang Fang (Zhu Zhu), his hyper-capable office assistant, and insults everyone he meets with his refusal to adapt to local customs.

When his insistence on doing things his way costs an important client a potential billion-dollar deal, Sam must rely on the very people he has alienated to fix his blunders and save his job. As he painfully learns to temper his take-no-prisoners style, Sam slowly discovers a new way of looking at the world--and at Amanda.

Written and directed by Daniel Hsia ("Psych," "Andy Barker, PI"), Shanghai Calling stars Daniel Henney ("Three Rivers," X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings," "Scrubs"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love," Titanic), Alan Ruck ("Greek," Extraordinary Measures, Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Geng Le (Desires of the Heart) and Zhu Zhu (What Women Want, MTV-China).

The film is produced by Janet Yang (The Joy Luck Club, Dark Matter, The People vs. Larry Flynt). Director of photography is Armando Salas (Sophie's Revenge, Sailfish, Cocaine Cowboys). Editor is Pamela March (I Heart Huckabees, Waiting for Forever). Production designer is Baiyang Yu (Mission: Impossible III, Shanghai Kiss). Costume designer is Haiyan Wang. Line producer is Jiakun "Jaguar" Zhang (The Painted Veil, Inseparable). Executive producers are Yuting Zhao and Xia Zheng.