|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Yun-Fat Chow, Daniel Lapaine, Ken Watanabe, John Cusack, Gong Li|
|Genres:||Drama - Mystery, Romantic, Romance - Action/Adventure|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Rental release:||23 Jul 2012|
|Main languages:||English, Mandarin|
Most helpful review
Few good points, many bad points, and ultimately a poor film.By roncoach (365 reviews) from suffolk , 25 Aug 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]A film I was looking forward to-----I like the spy genre, and I thought Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War might be a great setting for such a drama.
I was right about the basic idea and I was right about the setting and time period-----they made this a bit
'film-noirish' and there was some success with the atmosphere in recreating the Shanghai of 1941.
But that is really all that was much worth watching this film for.
The story was poorly put together, the suspense was minimal, a lot of the film was tedious, John Cusack remains the poor box-office draw he's always been, the script and editing were 'iffy'.
All in all, it never really worked, never gripped this viewer, never made me feel empathy for any of the characters ( especially the John Cusack central figure), never made me feel I wanted to know the outcome ( which was also pretty dull by the way).
So I was disappointed.
I'll recover----which is more than this film will do in trying to recover its production costs........
Don't bother with this one even if the genre and storyline attracts you as it did me.
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A missed opportunityBy EdgyH (2 reviews) , 27 Feb 2013There must be a good movie to be made about a city in the midst of turmoil and with an explosive mix of different cultures and authorities, all trying not to lose face. This sadly wasn't it.
Clunky story line, a meagre attempt at characterisation, masses of extraneous violence and a trite ending.
By AlanBy AlanK500 (1 review) from Margate , 16 Feb 2013I got this film because I REALLY like Ken Watanabe and Yun-Fat Chow, but in the end it was the film itself that was rivetting. The interplay between all the characters was fantastic and John Cusack was an excellently understated spy. Well worth a look
An average watchBy a customer , 15 Feb 2013I enjoy watching films set in a particular period in time portraying life/issues of the day. This was good in that respect the location/feel of the decade but the story was slow. An average watch.
Enjoyable StoryBy tzec (65 reviews) , 09 Feb 2013I thoroughly enjoyed this period piece and the historical content was suitably moulded into a good story line. A good watch.
Shanghi'd not reallyBy a customer , 01 Feb 2013This film was really worth watching, it moved along quickly, had a couple of hiccups in its progress; however; by and large it is very watchable and I liked the cast they are some of my favourites. I would probably watch it again to see what I'd missed.