Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.
So where this would have been a bog standard film review of Shanghai Calling. I will now try to apply todays prompt to this post. Seeing as a I blog about films…and I critic films it’s not that dissimilar…but meh:
Small trouble in Big China: Shanghai Calling brings the West to the East and it’s rather good…
Shanghai Calling is remix of the American Dream… in China. A well polished production and fine tuned example of what the new grandmasters have to spin.
Daniel Henny, formally a member disbanded TV show Three Rivers, headlines as an ambitious New York attorney, Sam, who is transferred to Shanghai on an assignment. Singing a different tune to his cultural heritage he stumbles into a legal mess that could spell the end of his career. With a rocky start to his journey, Sam struggles to find a way to reconnect with his roots, and like the rest of the world, to listen to the future – Shanghai.
The film features appearances from host of acts. Including a romantic duet with the ethereal Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings) and a country and western style turn old-time crooner Bill Paxton. New wave Asian Pop is provided in an all but brief feature from fellow rising star Zhu Zhu (still enjoying critical success off the back of the long-awaited Wachowski Siblings and Tom Tykwer produced – Cloud Atlas tour), and Alan Ruck (reunited with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off member, Paxton) provides a surprisingly underwhelming contribution.