Shanghai Surprise

Shanghai Surprise

Director: Jim Goddard Cast: Sean Penn, Madonna, Paul Freeman
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Shanghai Surprise

Madonna and Sean Penn, who were husband and wife at the time, starred in this notorious box-office bomb that one critic termed "Flop Suey." The film takes place in 1937, during the Japanese occupation of China. Drug runner Walter Faraday (Paul Freeman) is trying to leave the country with a large stash of opium but he is chased by armed guards and killed. A year passes and missionary Gloria Tatlock (Madonna) hires sleazy American con man Glendon Wasey (Sean Penn) to help her find the missing opium. She wants to use the drugs to relieve the suffering of wounded Chinese soldiers -- as she puts it, "Guns cause pain. Opium eases pain." Glendon reluctantly agrees. But unfortunately for the two do-gooders, there are other, more notorious seekers of the opium shipment as well. George Harrison, one of the film's producers, wrote the songs and appears in a cameo role as a nightclub singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
UPC: 0012236211723
Original Release: 1986
Rating: PG-13
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 59,722

Special Features

Remastered 16x9 widescreen newly remastered 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; Fans Unite! commentary; Lights, Camera, Shanghai!; Madonna: 1986; English and Spanish subtitles; English closed captions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Glendon Wasey
Madonna Gloria Tatlock
Paul Freeman Walter Faraday/Father Burns
Richard Griffiths Willie Tuttle
Philip Sayer Justin Kronk
Clyde Kusatsu Joe Go
Sonserai Lee China Doll
Toru Tanaka Yamagani San
Michael Aldridge Mr. Burns
Sarah Lam China Doll's maid
Victor Wong Ho Chong
Lim Kay Tong Mei Gan
George She Wu Ch'En She
Won Gam Bor Rickshaw King
To Chee Kan China Doll's Boatman
David Li Doorman at Zig-Zag Club
Keith Bonnard Maitre'D at Zig-Zag Club
Claire Lutter Prostitute
Pamela Yang Prostitute
Michael Chow Street Barker
Samuel Tsao Street Barker
Philip Tan Ship's Officer
George Harrison Nightclub Singer

Technical Credits
Jim Goddard Director
Dave Beavis Special Effects
Robert Bentley Screenwriter
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Andrew Bradford Stunts
Robin Douet Co-producer
Tracey Eddon Stunts
Graham Freeborn Makeup
George Harrison Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Tony Kenrick Screenwriter
John Kohn Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff Lynne Songwriter
David Minty Art Director
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Mullins Production Designer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Ralph Sheldon Editor
John Siddall Art Director
Jack Stephens Set Decoration/Design
Ernest Vincze Cinematographer
David Watkin Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Shanghai Surprise
1. Introduction [3:06]
2. Simmer Down, Willie [5:54]
3. I Think We Found Our Man [3:23]
4. Steady As a Brain Surgeon [5:15]
5. For a Small Fee [4:20]
6. I Saved Your Life [4:53]
7. Something More Elegant [2:41]
8. Where Did You Learn That? [3:54]
9. Empress Yehonala [3:16]
10. Whisper of Pleasure [2:44]
11. I Would Like a Full Report [5:05]
12. I'm Obligated [3:55]
13. I Messed up Everything [4:32]
14. Knuckleball [3:29]
15. Wu Ch'en She [4:21]
16. Joe Go Awaits You [3:45]
17. Straight and to the Point [4:04]
18. A Resourceful Young Man [:00]
19. Wish to Help My Country [3:21]
20. Going Somewhere? [3:01]
21. Better Neither [4:24]
22. Somebody Get Me Out [4:51]
23. I Never Got Your Name [6:27]
24. Credits [3:18]

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Shanghai Surprise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
Wow this was and is a really nice movie i love Madonna and Sean Penn's performance was great this is a very good movie!