Shanghai Red

Shanghai Red


An interpreter who becomes an angel of vengeance when her husband is shot dead on his way to sign a joint-venture contract..

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Meili (Vivian Wu – The Pillow Book, Eve and the Fire Horse), an interpreter who becomes an angel of vengeance when her husband is shot dead on his way to sign a joint-venture contract. The appearance of an enigmatic American (Richard Burgi – Desperate Housewives) who claims to be a kind of troubleshooter for companies draws her into a web of deceit, love and guilt in this time bending murder mystery that is part Memento and part Lover.


Runtime: 98 min.
Format: 2:35 Scope (35mm)
Sound: Dolby Digital
Rating: N/R
Genre: Murder Mystery
Language: English/Mandarin
Country: USA/CHINA
Theatrical Release: U.S.


Directed by: Oscar L. Costo
Starring: Vivian WuRichard BurgiKenny BeeYou Ge & Honglei Sun


Official Selection – Montreal Film Festival
Official Selection – Shanghai Film Festival
Official Selection – Newport Film Festival
Official Selection – Santa Barbara Film Festival
Official Selection – Hollywood Chinese American Film Festival

“…emerges as a tantalizing, involving thriller.”
Los Angeles Times – Gary Goldstein

“Exotic thriller with strong female lead… Vivian Wu is ravishing and she gives subtle gradations in performance… “
Hollywood Reporter

“Shanghai is a tale of multiple betrayals that pulls you in…”
LA Weekly – Ernest Hardy

“Well-thesped tensions prove fascinating in this elegant and dreamy concoction… Intense perfs by Sun and particularly Wu… “

“Vivan Wu is brilliant, sensuous and mysterious in this film and plays well off of Richard Burgi who measures just enough coolness to make the scenes work… Lushly shot, the cinematography is startling and gives the film the scope it deserves… original and recommended.”
Audrey Magazine

“Shanghai Red has an effective central performance by Vivian Wu (The Joy Luck Club)… Wu is convincing in the diverse sides of Meili, the cool killer and the warm but frazzled single mother. The film captures the atmosphere of a bustling city continually in motion.”
Box Office Magazine

“a gem of a film…”

“There’s some good acting to be found by these two leading performers.”
28 Days Later – Ed Sum

“This Murder Mystery is part Memento and part Lover where the scenes are well-placed and the story flows seamlessly. The cast is terrific, Vivian Wu brilliant as the wife/avenging angel, proves she is as talented as she is beautiful and lights up the screen in every scene she appears. With cinematography that is breathtaking, the film is fresh, original and highly recommended.”
Video Views

“there is a lot to like…”
Digital Hippos – Ryan May

“journey of revenge…” 
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