The Shanghai Movie: A Thrilling Mystery Set in Wartime China
The Shanghai Movie is a 2010 film directed by Mikael HÃfstrÃm and starring John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, and Ken Watanabe. It is a neo-noir political thriller that follows an American agent who investigates the murder of his friend in Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor.
The film explores the complex and dangerous relationships between the Chinese resistance, the Japanese occupation, the German embassy, and the local crime lords in the city. The agent, Paul Soames, uncovers a web of secrets and lies involving his friend's lover, a Japanese spy, a mysterious Japanese girl, and a powerful Chinese gangster. He also finds himself drawn to the gangster's wife, Anna, who is the leader of the resistance.
The Shanghai Movie is a gripping and suspenseful film that showcases the historical and cultural aspects of Shanghai in the 1940s. The film features stunning cinematography, authentic costumes and sets, and a haunting score by Klaus Badelt. The film also boasts an impressive cast of international actors who deliver nuanced and compelling performances.
The Shanghai Movie is a must-watch for fans of noir, mystery, and history. It is a film that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
The Shanghai Movie received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the film's production values and cast, but criticized the film's script and direction. The film has a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 22 reviews, with an average score of 4.8/10. The site's consensus reads: \\\"Shanghai has the look and feel of a taut, intelligent thriller -- but lacks the twists and smarts necessary to elevate it above period potboiler status.\\\" 
The film also performed poorly at the box office, grossing only $15.3 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million.  The film was delayed for several years due to production issues and censorship problems in China, where the film was originally set to be shot. The film was eventually released in China in 2010, but did not receive a theatrical release in the United States until 2015. 
Despite its flaws, The Shanghai Movie is still a worthwhile watch for fans of historical thrillers and noir films. The film offers a glimpse into a fascinating era of Shanghai's history, when the city was divided into different zones of influence and faced the threat of war and invasion. The film also features some memorable scenes of action and romance, as well as some intriguing twists and turns. The film is a tribute to the classic films of the genre, such as Casablanca and The Third Man , but with its own unique style and flair.
 Shanghai (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes
 Shanghai (2010) - Box Office Mojo
 Shanghai: Film Review - The Hollywood Reporter a474f39169