the UNCATEGORISED: Daily Prompt | Critical Eye {the mini REVIEW – SHANGHAI CALLING}


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…


A full-length version of Daniel Hsia’s   debut movie Shanghai Calling can now be downloaded on iTunes.

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.


Director Daniel Hsia’s debut feature, did the festival circuit in November 2012. Since then it’s gone on to be one of the years hotly anticipated entries after winning a host of awards, including Best Narrative Feature at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival before its nationwide release.Hsia’s other hits lie mostly in television, where he has penned for hits such Psych, Andy Barker P.I and the now defunct quartet comedy, Four Kings.
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