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Shanghai ( Die Hai fengyun )

Hugh Bonneville , John Cusack , Mikael Hafstrom    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hugh Bonneville, John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow, David Morse
  • Directors: Mikael Hafstrom
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: RCV
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS 5.1 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In the months leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, an American agent from the Naval Intelligence Office (Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend (who is also an agent) Conner recently murdered. Determined to find out who killed Conner and why, he begins working at the Herald using the alias Paul Soames, a Nazi-sympathizer cover he used while stationed in Berlin.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Heart Is Never Neutral" 24 July 2012
Shanghai is a wonderfully crafted thriller that kept me hooked to the very end.Although the twists were not really that surprising it still manages to hold your attention.One of the films many strengths is the international cast who all give stellar performances,from the major stars right through to the bit part roles.Even Chow Yun Fat gives a credible performance and if you compare it to his other feature set in this period (Hong Kong 1941) you will notice a marked improvement.
The film itself is set in the two months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbour by the Japanese Imperial fleet and some two years after the rape of Nanking.Although Shanghai is yet to be invaded by the Japanese it is nonetheless a hotbed of spies from Britain,France,Germany and Japan to mention a few.
One of these spies is called Soames (Cusack) and who is in Shanghai at the behest of U.S Naval Intelligence in the guise of a reporter with Nazi sympathies but whose real mission is to find the killer of his longest and best friend Conner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who was working as a spy in Shanghai.
Soames uses the connections and friends he has made with the Axis powers to get close to their top diplomats and dignitaries to aid him in his investigation.
What ensues is a tale of friendship,love,trust,betrayal,truth and lies,which is of course the staple diet of any spy.The main protagonist moves through Shanghai's nightclubs and side streets trying to cut through a web of lies to solve his friends murder.No-one is who or what they appear to be and with murder and violence an omnipresent threat the streets of Shanghai have never been so ambiguously dangerous.Maybe it's just me but the whole feel to the film is very noirish which obviously suits the period.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, flat ending. 27 Jan 2013
By Harry
The first 20 minutes are very impressive. The sets, the 'noir', the women, it all has that slick sexy feel of a really good thriller. They develop an excellent plot line that has great potential and it feels like you are building up to a satisfying denouement, which .... never happens. The film completely loses its way with 20 minutes to go. The main plot line is wasted and sort of drops out of sight, the main characters deteriorate into comic book simplicity. Ah well, I enjoyed the first hour or so.

Less shoot-outs and more plot and it could have been excellent.

The film has subtitles available.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where did it all go wrong? 7 Jan 2013
This isn't the worst film you will see, but it's certainly isn't the best. On paper it should have been a winner, but in reality it doesn't quite succeed.

The sets and costumes are great and although it was filmed outside of Shanghai, the film certainly catches the atmosphere of the place. Especially the interior shots.

But as other reviewers have pointed out there's just something not quite right with this movie. John Cusack is certainly miscast. He doesn't have the charisma for this film. Although he's supposed to be a ladies man the way he looks at the women struck me as creepy. When he first tries his charms on Gong Li at a party, I swear to God you can see the look of fear in her eyes!

Yun-Fat Chow also was not very convincing as the Shanghai gangster. He just appeared to be too much of a nice guy.

Gong Li appeared much more convincing as the femme fatale.

Ken Watanabe is solid as usual,but the Japanese are just cut out baddies throughout the movie. The final scene with him is simply not credible. The parting lines ofJohn Cusack lacked any conviction and he seems to realise that this film is a bit of a failure. One gets the feeling that he just wanted to say give me a pay cheque and get me out of here.

I would spend 3 pounds on this movie, which I have, but not a penny more.
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