Synopsis: An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret.
Director(s): Mikael Håfström
Production: The Weinistein Company
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

I guess he was on his way to meet you.

You know, this whole country has its head buried

in the sand.

The Germans are getting ready to march in Europe...

...and all we care about is whether or not the

Yankees beat the Giants.

I mean, what have we done with our lives?

I called Naval headquarters this morning.

I volunteered us both for Intelligence.

Conner and I had joined the Navy

like our fathers and grandfathers before us.

Our lives were set.

Birth, school, Yale, war.

The great American tradition.

He was investigating a local gang lord called

Anthony Lan-Ting.

He's the boss of the Shanghai Triad.

He has a deal with the Japanese.

They leave him alone...

...and whenever the Japanese need any dirty work

done they go to him.

I'd like to read all of Conner's reports.

He hadn't briefed us in a month.

That's why I sent for you.

I was under a lot of pressure to have him reassigned.


Because the situation here

isn't just black and white.

You got the Chinese fighting the Japanese.

Us, we're caught somewhere in the middle.

Now the truth is,

the Japanese want to walk into our zone...

...there's nothing we can do about it.

So sometimes,

our only option is just to sit back and

not rock the boat.

And that wasn't Conner's style.

Any informers?


He's got a contact at the Japanese consulate...

...a diplomat called Kita.

We've already spoken to him.

I'd like to speak to him myself.

And I'll need an introduction to Lan-Ting.

Apart from his own people,

he only mixes with the Germans and the Japanese.

I know plenty of Germans.

When do I start at the Herald?

In Berlin, I played the part of a journalist

with Nazi sympathies...

...and I was doing it again at the Shanghai Herald.

Mr. Soames was the Washington Post's correspondent

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Hossein Amini

Hossein Amini (Persian: حسین امینی‎; born 18 January 1966) is a British-Iranian screenwriter and film director. Amini has worked as a screenwriter since the early 1990s. He was nominated for numerous awards for the 1997 film The Wings of the Dove, including an Academy Award for Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay. He also won a "Best Adapted Screenplay" award from the Austin Film Critics Association for his screenplay adaptation of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011), based on the novel by James Sallis. For his directorial debut, he both wrote and directed The Two Faces of January, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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