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Highlights from the SHANGHAI CALLING Live-Tweet on STARZ

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December 9th, 2013

Daniel Henney and I live-tweeted the US television premiere of Shanghai Calling on STARZ last Friday. And all weekend long we got positive tweets from fans seeing the film for the first time!  Here are some of the live-tweet Q&A’s along … Continue reading

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Shanghai Calling DVD!

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August 12th, 2013

SHANGHAI CALLING comes out on DVD September 17! Continue reading

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Your SHANGHAI CALLING Questions Answered! Part 1

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February 27th, 2013

SHANGHAI CALLING writer/director Daniel Hsia answers your most frequently asked questions about the film. Part 1. Continue reading

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How To Film a Bicycle Chase

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February 19th, 2013

Thanks to all of the fans who made SHANGHAI CALLING’s first weekend a success! Now read all about how we filmed the bicycle chase. Featuring BEHIND-THE-SCENES FOOTAGE! Continue reading

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Meet SHANGHAI CALLING Writer/Director Daniel Hsia in Pasadena SAT Feb 16!

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February 14th, 2013

SHANGHAI CALLING Director Daniel Hsia will take questions from the audience tonight, Saturday, Feb 16 after the 7:10PM show at Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7.  Buy tickets here. Praised by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, The New York Observer, Variety, San Francisco Chronicle, and … Continue reading

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Meet Jim Rice, the inspiration for Bill Paxton’s character in SHANGHAI CALLING

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February 8th, 2013

A conversation with the real “Mayor of Shanghai’s Americatown.” SHANGHAI CALLING opens in San Francisco TODAY! Continue reading

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Win SHANGHAI CALLING Tickets and T-Shirts Before Things Get Really Crazy

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January 30th, 2013

Win t-shirts or tickets to our premieres in SAN FRANCISCO, LA, or NEW YORK! SHANGHAI CALLING coming soon to theaters! (Also, new pic of DANIEL HENNEY.) Continue reading

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REPOST: Shanghai’s Bund at Night

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January 17th, 2013

How we got one of our iconic shots in SHANGHAI CALLING. Continue reading

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Spread the word: SHANGHAI CALLING coming to theaters and VOD! (Also: Zhu Zhu on list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces!)

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January 14th, 2013

Help us spread the word about SHANGHAI CALLING, coming to theaters and VOD in Februrary! Oh, and Zhu Zhu made the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces 2012! Continue reading

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A Thankful Holiday Season

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November 24th, 2012

2012 has given director Daniel Hsia much to be thankful for. Continue reading

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About the time I got hit by a car while filming SHANGHAI CALLING

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October 10th, 2012

Director Daniel Hsia reveals the time he got hit by a car while filming SHANGHAI CALLING Continue reading

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How to find SHANGHAI CALLING showtimes in China!

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August 9th, 2012

SHANGHAI CALLING opens in China today, August 10! Here’s how to find showtimes. Continue reading

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The Expat Experience

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July 18th, 2012

Director Daniel Hsia on how this still photo of actress Eliza Coupe from SHANGHAI CALLING perfectly encapsulates the expat experience. Continue reading

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Introducing Zhu Zhu

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July 9th, 2012

Introducing Zhu Zhu, the sexy Chinese starlet of SHANGHAI CALLING! Continue reading

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We’re a hit in Shanghai!

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June 18th, 2012

It’s 6:30AM here in Shanghai.  I went to bed at 2:00AM.  I’d like to sleep another few hours but I’m too amped.  The China premiere of SHANGHAI CALLING at the Shanghai International Film Festival last night was bananas.  For weeks … Continue reading

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World Premiere Wrapup

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May 7th, 2012

SHANGHAI CALLING had its WORLD PREMIERE on Thursday, May 3, to sold-out crowds at Closing Night of the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival! Continue reading

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Geng Le: The most handsome, intelligent actor you’ve never heard of

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April 23rd, 2012

Here in the US, the only Chinese actors we can name off the tops of our heads are Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Andy Lau. But there’s another guy you should know. Continue reading

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The lovely and hilarious Eliza Coupe

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April 10th, 2012

Folks on the internet and in the media are finally starting to talk about SHANGHAI CALLING, for which I’m very grateful.  But I’ve noticed that most of the hubbub is focused on Bill Paxton and Daniel Henney.  Henney and Paxton … Continue reading

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China Preview Screenings

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March 23rd, 2012

We recently travelled to Beijing and Shanghai to screen the film for expat and mainland Chinese audiences. The audience responses were great. Continue reading

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Storyboards

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February 23rd, 2012

One of the biggest difficulties in making a film is ensuring that the entire crew — the director, cinematographer, costumer, set dresser, prop man, everyone — is making the same movie. Continue reading

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What happens when real expats find our trailer?

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February 15th, 2012

Pedaling around Los Feliz on a fixed-gear bike in skintight jeans on a hot summer day is an unusual and inconvenient choice; so is moving to a country where you don’t know the customs and don’t speak the language. Continue reading

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Locations, Locations, Locations! Part 3: Expat Shanghai

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February 9th, 2012

“No, this isn’t what I want,” I told them. “Amanda isn’t rich. She doesn’t live in a mansion. She lives in a typical American house.” Continue reading

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Locations, Locations, Locations! Part 2

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January 31st, 2012

Every time we screen SHANGHAI CALLING, audience members come up to us afterwards and say: “This movie makes me want to go to Shanghai.” Continue reading

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Locations, Locations, Locations! Part 1

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January 24th, 2012

On SHANGHAI CALLING, our modest budget and tight shooting schedule made building sets impossible. Which means that everything in the film was shot on a real location in Shanghai. Continue reading

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Almost Done!

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December 20th, 2011

Shanghai Calling is almost finished! Thank goodness. Continue reading

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Damn you, Paxton!

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November 29th, 2011

“You’re ruining your movie!” he shouted at me. (Bill Paxton pulls no punches.) Continue reading

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The Bund at Night

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November 8th, 2011

How we got one of our most gorgeous shots in SHANGHAI CALLING. Continue reading

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The Casting Process

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November 1st, 2011

Casting ain’t easy, but when you get it right, you really get it right! Continue reading

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Where did SHANGHAI CALLING come from?

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October 11th, 2011

Hey everyone, this is Daniel Hsia the writer / director of SHANGHAI CALLING. I’ll be posting weekly blog entries in this space, so check in regularly for inside scoops on the movie and stories of how the film was made!  … Continue reading

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