Shanghai Calling is not merely a story about an American businessman moving to Shanghai. Presented in the form of a quirky romantic comedy, this film pulls its audience in by covering love, culture, stereotypes, personal growth and so much more. Daniel Henney plays the character Sam- a driven, uptight, condescending New York lawyer determined to become partner at his well-established firm. Although he is completely disconnected to his Chinese roots, he is sent to Shanghai (much to his discontent) for a business ordeal. What Sam expects to be a short and uneventful three months turns into a crazy, stressful, life-changing adventure.
As Sam deals with a career-ending threat, he comes across characters who most definitely teach him a thing or two. His assistant Fang Fang (played by actress Zhu Zhu) teaches him not to judge a book by its cover. Fang Fang reveals the difficult stereotypes against Chinese women as well as the societal pressures they must face. His relocation specialist Amanda (played by Eliza Coupe) proves that she has embraced Chinese culture more than he ever has despite being Caucasian. The two uncover various assumptions that are placed upon immigrants in China. Most importantly, his business associates allow him to question his integrity and his character. Just how far will he go to make sure his business thrives?
This feel-good movie is intelligent, socially aware, teaches many more lessons than one expects, and is simply a delight to watch. Be sure to check out Shanghai Calling and watch the trailer below:
New independent romantic comedy Shanghai Calling, produced by Janet Yang and directed by Daniel Hsia, stars Korean-Irish American actor Daniel Henney as an ambitious New York attorney who is sent to Shanghai and stumbles upon a legal fiasco that could end his career. Geng Le and Zhu Zhu co-star in the soon to be released film.
View the trailer below and find out more via the Shanghai Calling website!