Shanghai Calling: movie review

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1 out of 5 stars
Shanghai Calling: movie review

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars

Hard-nosed Chinese-American lawyer Sam Chao (X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s Daniel Henney) gets shipped off to Shanghai by his firm and learns to lighten up as he embraces Sino-American relations. He samples the local cuisine, discovers the truth about intellectual property thieves (they’re actually not so bad!), romances another relocated American (Eliza Coupe), and pals around with ex pats Bill Paxton and Alan Ruck (“Ever since relocating to Shanghai, I’ve just fallen in love with the culture!” Ruck marvels as he puts down his Chinese calligraphy pen). Through it all, Henney is an appealing screen presence, but he’s trapped in a movie that puts regurgitated sitcom shtick and regional economic boosterism ahead of character and humor.

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