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Shanghai Surprise

  • Film

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.
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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
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