Way back in 2012, Harvey Weinstein promised that the star-studded “Shanghai,” which by that point had already opened in several overseas territories, but had been sitting on the U.S. shelf for years, would finally be released via Radius. That didn’t happen. Fast-forward a few years and now the movie is being dumped in a couple of weeks in limited release, and a trailer has been put together.
Mikael Håfström (“1408,” “Escape Plan“) directs the international ensemble of John Cusack, Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Franka Potente, Gong Li, David Morse and Ken Watanabe, in the 1940s-set story that follows an American Naval Intelligence agent named Paul Soames who travels to Shanghai, posing as a pro-Nazi journalist, in order to investigate the death of his good friend Connor, only for things to be complicated by a love triangle.
So, is this a long lost treasure? Probably not, but as a rainy Sunday afternoon piece of entertainment, it looks decent enough. “Shanghai” opens on August 21st.