I haven’t updated this in a while so I figured I’ll start trying to update regularly.
I got a chance to watch Shanghai Kiss with my wife a few weeks ago and it’s a fairly good movie.
Just to summarize it, it’s about a struggling Asian American actor trying to make his way in Hollywood. He meets a “young” girl who idolizes him but he keeps at a distance for legal reasons. He still tries to date around but seems to cry whenever he gets laid, possible about feeling bad for the “young girl”. When his grandmother dies and leaves him her house to sell, he has to go back to Shanghai but ends up keeping the house and meets another lady.
I’m trying not to spoil the story for anyone but to be honest, all the other characters seems a bit flat and 2 dimensional. But that isn’t the point of the story, I think the deeper message is about how Asian Americans seem to have a dual identity. We’re Asian Americans, but in Asia, we’re just Americans, and in America, we’re just Asians. Not exactly the best of both worlds here.
Overall, I was fairly pleased with the story. It was an interesting insight on what it means to be Asian American. As a love story, it’s kind of one sided and I kept on thinking how much of a bad guy he would be if the story was told from another point of view. But if I analyze it that way, I think I’d be missing the major point.