Watch Mikael Håfström's 'Shanghai' Trailer with John Cusack

May 26, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Shanghai Trailer

Wow, this looks fantastic! The Playlist has found the first international trailer for a film called Shanghai, directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström (Derailed, 1408), starring John Cusack, Chow Yun-Fat, Ken Watanabe, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Morse, Franka Potente, Li Gong, Rinko Kikuchi, and many more. This actually looks way better than I was expecting - it's just an intense thriller set in Shanghai, China, complete with shoot outs and big secret government conspiracies and so much more. Really looking forward to seeing this after watching the trailer! It should hit some film festivals in the fall as well. Watch this now!

Watch the international trailer for Mikael Håfström's Shanghai:

A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expatriate (John Cusack) who returns to Shanghai a few months before Pearl Harbor to investigate the mysterious death of his friend (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Shanghai is directed by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Håfström, of Days Like This, Drowning Ghost, Derailed and the Cusack thriller 1408 previously. The script was written by Oscar nominated writer Hossein Amini, of Jude, The Wings of the Dove, The Four Feathers, and also Killshot previously. The Weinstein Company picked up distribution rights to this last year and will be bringing Shanghai to theaters sometime in the fall (but an exact date hasn't been set yet). We'll keep you updated on the latest with this! Anyone interested?

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  • Sharlto
    Looks really good, i'll netflix it though
  • Daniel Felts
    Is that the dad from Supernatural? It looks interesting. I think the trailer was too long though.
  • harv
    It could do with some of the class 'The White Countess' had, some of it looks too melodramatic. Although I'll be one of the first in the queue.
  • harv
    The look and feel of it reminds me Blood Brothers from a couple of years ago.
  • ha1rball
    Yeah its the dad from Supernatural but more importantly The Comedian from Watchmen...
  • Xerxex
    looks like it has a good noir vibe to it and I for one like that. I'll see it for sure. I'm gonna assume that Cusack dies at the end, it only seems logical.
  • Roderick
    even more importantly, Ken Watanabe from Last Samurai and Letters from Iwo Jima!
    ill pass, that asian chick's knoockers are nice tho :)
  • beavis
    a definite watch.
  • Xerxex
    Roderick I think you mean Chow-Yun Fat...from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. If I'm wrong then sorry.
  • Ben
    trailer gives away far too much, but i might still see it.
  • Prestron
    @xerxex, I'm going to guess Jefferey Dean Morgan dies in the beginning. Maybe he doesn't mind it so much after Watchmen.
  • Xerxex
    Roderick you were right...I should read before posting, shouldn't I? would save face. @Preston yep...I'd guesstimate that.
  • This looks great, but I agree that the trailer gives away too much. It's refreshing to see a unique idea come to the big screen with some major players attached.
  • Luke
    Is it me or do directors enjoy killing Jeffery Dean Morgan early on in films? Apart from The Losers he seems to be killed off! It's a shame as I think he's a great actor and needs larger roles
  • Daniel Felts
    That is the Comedian! Totally forgot.
  • Fred Schepsi
    When does Short Round rescue Indiana Jones in this one? That part is gonna rule.
  • M
    Interesting. However, can they just for once not ahve the guy who we are following sleep with the supposed bad guy's wife. It's done so many times before that it gets boring.
  • Cody w
    Looks good, love good thrillers.
  • Jaf
    Never took my eyes offscreen for 2:46 it was that good
  • SkaOreo
    That pic alone with Chow-Yun Fat makes me want to see this.
  • ocp
    Looks great
  • might check it out...agree that the trailer gives away too much
  • tester
    Trailer is too short, not enough is shown... Li is hot !!!
  • Hedgehog
    Trailer is too long, too much is shown... Li is hot !!! Besides that, i'll probably rent it. Love me some Asians.
  • Why is Jeffrey Dean Morgan always playing the dead guy? Watchmen, Weeds now this. Poor guy :(
  • LaP
    lol jeffrey dean morgan gets killed once again, the ultimate "guy who gets murdered" actor. but this does look good, but nothing special
  • kp
    #27 I was just thinking the same thing lol supernatural watchmen greys anatomy shanghai is there a role where he DOESNT die?
  • Lando is a system not a man
    great actor line up, love the concept!! looks well shot too.. Id watch this in the theater! anything goes!
  • Ares
  • Drake
    Is gong Li the the perfect Chinese creature?
  • LaLa
    I think it's pretty laughable that JDM dies at almost every project he's on...
  • Eric
    This trailer is crap! "Welcome to Shanghai", really? How many fillping times are the people that make these trailers going to use that stupid line? I am sure this movie will be a good rental despite this crappy trailer.




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