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  • Actors: Kelly Hu, James Hong, Byron Mann, Ken Leung, Hayden Panettiere
  • Directors: Kern Konwiser, David Ren
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UR9QTO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Liam Liu (Ken Leung) is a 28-year-old Chinese-American actor struggling in Hollywood. Adelaide (Hayden Panettiere) is a 16-year-old free-spirited genius still in high school. But when a grandmother who Liam's never known leaves him a family home he's never seen, he takes a first-time trip Shanghai that will change both their worlds forever. If life is all about possibilities, can love survive a cultural divide and a huge age gap? Kelly Hu and Joel David Moore co-star in this smart and sexy romantic comedy about discovering who you are, finding where you belong, and sacrificing anything for the one person who could mean everything.

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Set in two dichotomous worlds, Shanghai Kiss tells the story of a Chinese-American actor who doesn't quite fit in anywhere. In his hometown, he's considered a foreigner even though he's American. And in his family's native China, his mannerisms make him stick out in sea of familiar faces. Ken Leung (The Sopranos) does a wonderful job portraying Liam Liu, a complicated young man whose flirtation with the teenage Adelaide (Hayden Panettiere, Heroes) is reminiscent of Timothy Hutton's cautious infatuation with the Natalie Portman character in 1996's Beautiful Girls. It could've been played a little creepy, but the relationship between the unlikely couple is sweet. When Liam inherits his grandmother's estate in Shanghai, he travels to China thinking he will sell the property and head back home. But "home" becomes a more elusive concept when he realizes that his feelings are torn between two countries and, with the meeting of Micki Yang (Kelly Hu, X2), two women. There are several moments when the film has the feel of an afterschool special (Liam's father blaming him for his mother's death), but overall Shanghai Kiss tells a love story in an honest, if not completely realistic way. Feelings aren't cut and dried, and people aren't interchangeable. --Jae-Ha Kim

Customer Reviews

This movie is so stupid.
polaroid seeker
Mostly because I didn't find the main character at all likeable even when he did something extremely generous.
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This movie has great scenery and good acting.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Beer_Lager on October 8, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a great film about an Asian American coming to terms with his heritage and his American upbringing, as well as reconciling his romantic lives. It touches upon Asian American alientation that many Asian Americans can relate with.

A MUST BUY in my opinion.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. Chen on October 22, 2007
Format: DVD
Don't just Netflix it. Buy it! The plot was so original and unique in so many different ways. The dialogue of Ken Leung was downright spotless. Hayden Panettiee's is growing and I don't mean her age. She hones into the character of Adelaide. If your an Asian-American and you're reading this review, I suggest you to chase this DVD and study it like a f**king text book. The film deals with lost identity, something every Asian-American (male) goes through in life. It's a reflection of Hollywood, romance, miscommunication, social association and reality. Most importantly...finally a Chinese leading male actor gets its!!
The only flaw with the DVD features that there is no subtitles and the behind the scenes were 'ehh'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Rich on October 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Heartfelt and wonderful performances by the leads. Shanghai Kiss is an underated film that warms the heart. Hayden Panettiere steals your heart and Ken Leung provides emotional depth and a complex, flawed lead.

Leung's chemistry with his pal is priceless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Williams on June 27, 2008
Format: DVD
I got this movie as part of the Amazon Vine program in the UK, it was one of those moments where you simply just select an item because it's free and you know that you only have to write a review for it afterwards. I chose this movie as it starred Hayden Panettiere and I've become a fan of her acting from her role as Clare in the hit TV series Heroes. I have to admit that I didn't expect much, I expected a low budget movie with very little acting talent (with the exception of Hayden & Leung of course.) I was extremely surprised as I was given much, much more than I had expected. I was given a love movie that set the standard for which all other movies should try to aim for, it was intelligent, funny and heartwarming. The characters were believable and portrayed those who faced a genuine struggle, not only with their heart but with their identity; at least that's the struggle that faces Ken Leungs character, Liam Liu.

The story revolves around a struggling American Asian actor called Liam Liu, one day after being rejected from an audition for a toothpaste commercial he's forced to ride the bus home as his car was towed due to unpaid parking tickets. While on the bus he meets a flirty, sweet and intelligent teenager called Adelaide and they quickly become friends but although "Addy" looks at Liam as her Boyfriend he doesn't feel that way, or at least he thinks he doesn't. One day he receives a call from his alcoholic Father to inform him that his grandmother has died and left him her $500,000 house in Shanghai. He goes over there with the intention of selling the house, but while there he falls in love with the house and a new girl called Micki Yang.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Techwiz88 on March 30, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's a shame this movie wasn't given more exposure, especially with the rise in popularity of Hayden Panettiere. Hopefully a studio will pick up the film and release it in theatres. Wonderful chemistry between the two leads and the ending was as heartfelt as that in the movie "ONCE" (also an Indie film).
Loved the cinematography, the film sequences in Shanghai really brings out the beauty of the city, definitely had the feel and quality of a film on a much larger budget.
Excellent score, especially loved Hayden's song "Home" during the closing credits, wish they would release a soundtrack for the film, haven't been able to find the song anywhere, including Hayden's website or her fanclub's.

All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised with this film and believe it or not this was my first introduction to Hayden Panettiere (haven't watched Heroes, but will be checking it out now, and became an instant fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary S. Mcsparron on November 8, 2007
Format: DVD
Ken Leung is deeply moving as Liam in the film "Shanghai Kiss." This film goes right to the heart as it explores what this unemployed actor feels like at 28 with no job prospects or close family connections. He is deeply depressed that he is financially dependent on his disapproving father. He can not find or give love as he doesn't understand himself. Hayden Paniettiere, a kooky and smart teenage friend, provides Liam with an anchor of companionship. She glows as an example of strength, fun, and positive energy. Liam is confused and embarrassed as he he is drawn to her because of their age difference. Joining Liam on his painful journey of self and the answers he needs to begin a fulfilling life is very satisfying. This movie is thoughtfully written and beautifully acted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Howard Chiu on November 22, 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of the best movies about American Asian male stereotypes. Its about time. Ken and Hayden's performance are excellent throughout. For a direct to dvd movie, it is quite polished and has a great quality about it. Definitely one of the best non rated movies I have seen. I really recommend it. It is ironic that a movie promoting Asian Americans to break stereotypes features Hayden's pretty face on the cover, while Ken Leung is blurred in the background. Perhaps doing a karate kick. Just kidding.
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