Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Asian American Film Of the Week! Shanghai Kiss By Phil Luque

-Shanghai Kiss –

Besides the fact that the film stars Hayden Panettiere (from Heroes and the upcoming “I Love You, Beth Cooper”), the film features one of the better Asian-American actors out there Ken Leung. Leung is seemingly touched by the spirit of Woody Allen as he lives an existence that is at best monotonous and unfulfilled. It isn’t until his character, Liam, a struggling actor, meets a 16-year old girl who is a little mature for her age (still very awkward) that he realizes that he has to do something with his life.

He then finds out that his grandmother dies and leaves him a house in Shanghai, a place he has never visited nor connected to. He ends up meeting a beautiful and mysterious woman there named Micki (Kelly Hu) who inspires questions about what he will do with the rest of his life.

This film is light and maybe a little awkward at times, but it delivers on many levels and it shows how Asian-Americans are capable of leading a quality film.

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