Shanghai Surprise

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

A water-coloured, watered-down romantic comedy set in Shanghai in 1937, with the helplessly miscast Madonna (would you buy a used Bible from this woman?) trading on her ironic stage name to play an American missionary. She, with the aid of Penn's gaudy tie salesman, is desperately seeking 'Faraday's Flowers', a hidden opium stockpile which will help relieve the suffering of soldiers wounded in the war with Japan. The action is simply an implausible chain of events sensationally strung together, a Saturday morning serial formula which worked for Raiders of the Lost Ark; here, the heavy-handed manipulation of genre ingredients simply results in vulgar, often embarrassing, kitsch.

Details

Release details

Duration:
97 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Jim Goddard
Screenwriter:
John Kohn, Bob Bentley
Cast:
Sean Penn
Madonna
Paul Freeman
Richard Griffiths
Philip Sayer
Clyde Kusatsu
Kay Tong Lim
Michael Aldridge