World War II-Set Neo-Noir ‘Shanghai’ Finally Gets U.S. Release
Five years after it bowed in China, Shanghai, director Mikael Håfström’s neo-noir set during the Japanese occupation of China in World War II, will finally see theatrical release in the United States, The Weinstein Company has announced. Though it hit Chinese theaters in the summer of 2010, the film has never been released stateside; TWC is giving it a limited theatrical run starting August 21, 2015.
The film follows American Naval intelligence agent Paul (John Cusack), who visits the city in December, 1941 to investigate the murder of his friend Connor (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). His investigation leads to involvement with both Japanese occupying authorities and with the Chinese resistance, culminating in a deadly confrontation just as the Pearl Harbor attack draws the United States into the war. Along with Cusack and Morgan, Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, David Morse, Ken Watanabe, and Franka Potente also star.
Written by Hossein Amini and produced by Donna Gigliotti, Mike Medavoy, Barry Mendel, and Jake Myers, Shanghai was filmed in Bangkok on a two-block set recreating the wartime-era city.