Weinsteins' Shanghai to release mid-June in China

MUMBAI: Weinstein brothers‘ first Asian production has secured a Chinese release date. Shanghai starring John Cusack, Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe will hit Chinese theaters in mid-June, nearly two years after its shooting wrapped up in 2008.

The Mikael Hafstrom film, about an American intelligence official who investigates a friend‘s death in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, has been repeatedly bogged down by delays.

The film that was not allowed to be shot in China, without any valid reasons from Chinese authorities, had to make do with sets in London and Bangkok.

Editing took longer than usual because Hafstrom had to combine visually different footage from London and Bangkok and had to go through several composers.

Shanghai, however was cleared by the Chinese censors without any cuts.

Release dates for the US and other countries weren‘t immediately revealed.

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