Shanghai Kiss

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A struggling Los Angeles actor who has never fully grasped his Chinese roots takes an eye-opening journey to Shanghai after inheriting his grandmother's home in this romantic comedy starring X-Men: The Last Stand's Ken Leung and Heroes's cheerleader Hayden Panettiere. Liam (Leung) is an aspiring Hollywood star who spends the majority of time picking up bar girls with his best friend Joe -- a starving writer who has yet to pen a proper screenplay. While Liam does share an innocent relationship with precocious 16-year-old Adelaide (Panettiere), she often comes off as more mature than he and the age difference between the pair is far too glaring to ignore. Upon receiving notice that he has inherited his grandmother's home in Shanghai, Liam throws caution to the wind and purchases an airplane ticket. Shortly after landing in China, Liam becomes smitten with beautiful local Micky (Kelly Hu) and gradually learns to embrace his Eastern roots. But it's difficult to exist comfortably between two cultures -- much less two women -- and before long Liam finds that in connecting with the past, he is simultaneously laying the groundwork for his future.

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  • Jan 18, 2011
    Mostly predictable but surprisingly decent. In my mind they could have made Liam a little more likeable instead of concentrating on making him so pathetic. Nontheless, enjoyable to see <a href="http://www.flixster.com/actor/hayden-panettiere">Hayden Panettiere</a> in such a morally ambiguous and non-cookie cutter flick.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2009
    Faintly disturbing. Panettiere is a sweetheart though.
    Sarah B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2008
    Panettiere was way too bubbly/sugary sweet. Ken Leung was alright as an Asian New Yorker, who several times kind of showed the mannerisms of Woody Allen. Ken as Liam struggles with dating. The dialog sounded like it came from a film school assignment trying to sound smart by dropping classic film quotes and trying to be "real" and idiosyncratically L.A. with all the women Liam picks up. It didn't hold my attention. I hit the fast forward, as it were, on Hulu several times.
    Byron B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2008
    a young chinese american is not happy in his life and feels distant from his chinese heritage living in L.A a unsucessful actor. through a death in family he inherits a house in shangai, and eyeing a quick sale sets off there, but discovers a lot in the ways of his lost heritage, a nice little drama, although events and comments couldent be more sign posted throughout, with charactors saying what should be thought, but it runs along smoothly, the director maybe has watched a bit to much lost in translation, for parts, and shangai looks great,
    scott g Super Reviewer

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