Monday, July 26, 2010


Can anyone tell me what ever happened to this movie?  Mikael Hafstrom's Period-Romance Shanghai from The Weinstein Co. seems to have fallen off the radar with no set domestic release date still.  From the get-go, the film has been marred by controversy, including China barring production of the film in the city where it is set.  I hope the Cast and Crew enjoyed the sunny beaches of Bangkok and their fabulous Pad Thai though anyhow.  Everything about Shanghai's pedigree is gold. It stars John Cusack, Yun-Fat Chow, Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi and personal favourite Gong Li. 

Upon delving into things further, it screened in June to mixed reviews at the Shanghai International Film Festival.  Hollywood Reporter's Elizabeth Kerr claims, the "WWII romantic thriller bites off far more than it can chew and chokes on its own ambitions."  OuchNew York Post which likened the film to Casablanca, stated point blank that "the Epic will likely not get strong enough reviews to find much of an audience in North America despite a high-powered cast..."

Although it seems to have been overlooked already, I'll remind you that this year's TIFF selections will be announced tomorrow.  Perhaps we'll be seeing its long-awaited debut here?  I don't care how bad the reviews are, show me gorgeous Gong Li and I'm so there.

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