Movies and TV shows set in shanghai

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in shanghai ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful, stylized and exciting films and TV shows about / with betrayal, rivalry, dishonesty, love, heroes, death, crimes, runaway, storytelling and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Action genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
shanghai movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as shanghai: Purple Butterfly (2003), Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014), Tiny Times (2013), The Eight Hundred (2020), 428: The Animation (2009), Blood Brothers (2007), Tiny Times 2 (2013), The Painted Veil (2006), Empire of the Sun (1987), Mission: Impossible III (2006).

List of movies set in shanghai

Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: japanese occupation, war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, tragic hero, hidden identity, love and romance, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
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Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive. Remake of The Boxer From Shantung.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crimes, gang, rivalry, kung fu, danger, society, heroes, master warrior, crime, graphic violence, hopes
Time: 1900s
Place: china, shanghai, asia
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Tiny Times (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 116 min.
Story: When four best friends try and move forward in their work and personal life, they realize that trying to live their life's dream is more difficult than they imagine -- especially in the high fashion world of Shanghai.
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: fashion, friendship, romance, relationship vs career, ambition, coming of age, looking for love, couples, youth, traffic jam, strong female presence, best friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, shanghai
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The Eight Hundred (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 149 min.
Story: In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
Style: suspense, bleak, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: sino japanese war, japanese soldier, chinese history, warehouse, military, siege, military life, military officer, war, warlord, blood
Time: 1930s
Place: shanghai, shanghai china, china
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428: The Animation (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Two years ago, Shibuya was ravaged by a biological terrorist attack using the deadly Ua virus. Maria Osawa was saved when her father inoculated her against the virus, but is left with partial amnesia from the shock. She works as a cameraman when ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, entertaining, humorous ...
Plot: terrorism, assassination attempt, danger, deadly, leadership, assassin, escapades, journalism, terrorist group, war on terror, save the day, prodigy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, shanghai
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Blood Brothers (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan, China
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fung (Daniel Wu) and his best friends, brothers Kang (Liu Ye) and Hu (Tony Yang), leave the countryside together to make it big in Shanghai. Things aren't so easy in the city, however, and the brothers stumble and toil until opportunity brings ...
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: friendship, betrayal, rise and fall, village life, city life, innocence lost, starting over, best friends, lifestyle, crimes, nightclub, gangsters ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
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Tiny Times 2 (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set four years after the first movie, Lin Xiao, Lily, Nan Xiang, and Ruby, confront opportunities and challenges as their school days come to an end.
Style: captivating, sexy, realistic, semi serious, stylized
Plot: friendship, ambition, love and romance, relationship vs career, romance, friends, best friends, couples, fashion, youth, business, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, shanghai, asia
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The Painted Veil (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.
Style: touching, emotional, captivating, serious, scenic ...
Plot: loveless marriage, infidelity, couple relations, love and romance, adultery, cheating wife, unfaithful wife, marriage, doctor, couples, redemption, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, shanghai, london, asia, shanghai china ...
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, pow, innocence lost, young heroes, survival, prison, bravery, child protagonist, japanese army, stadium, japanese soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
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Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, China, Italy
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Retired from active duty to train new IMF agents, Ethan Hunt is called back into action to confront sadistic arms dealer, Owen Davian. Hunt must try to protect his girlfriend while working with his new team to complete the mission.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: secret agents, espionage, spy, disguise, mission, double agent, cia, gunfight, nurse, mask, heroes, heroic mission ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, frogman
Place: berlin germany, shanghai, italy, shanghai china, hong kong ...
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Phantom of the Theatre (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A haunted theatre, filled with the vengeful spirits of a tragically-trapped performance troupe murdered in a fire 13 years ago, waits for the once-grand palatial playhouse to re-open with a new show - and bring in new victims.
Plot: director, magic show, theater, supernatural horror, alcohol, ghost, actress, film within a film
Place: shanghai
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Shanghai Triad (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, tense, captivating ...
Plot: coming of age, gangsters, murder, island, triad, mistress, master and servant, vengeance, gang, crimes, crime, society ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo
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Suzhou River (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, China, France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A tragic love story set in contemporary Shanghai. The film stars Zhou Xun in a dual role as two different women and Jia Hongsheng as a man obsessed with finding a woman from his past.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, serious, stylized, gloomy ...
Plot: kidnapping, river, mistaken identity, mermaid, destructive relationship, couples, haunted by the past, betrayal, dishonesty, crimes, ransom, smuggling ...
Time: 90s
Place: shanghai, china, asia
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Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Glendon Wasey is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock is a missionary nurse seeking the curing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, road movie, romantic ...
Plot: american abroad, adventure, adventurer, partners, drug dealing, romance, dishonesty, unlikely partners, cons and scams, foot chase, opium, happy ending ...
Time: 80s, year 1937, 1930s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china, argentina
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Lust, Caution (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 157 min.
Story: During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.
Style: sexual, disturbing, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: lust, explicit sex, sexual relations, mistress, extramarital affair, resistance, seduction, strong sexual content, adultery, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, shanghai, hong kong ...
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Jasmine Flower (2004)
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Zhang Ziyi plays the youngest of three generations of women who leads lives in Shanghai. Joan Chen plays the great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother. The film recounts this family, the mistakes they make, and a cycle that the granddaughter breaks ...
Style: family saga
Plot: motherhood, mother, photo studio, class differences, communist, movie studio, movie star, film industry, fame, generation gap, infertility, movie theatre ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 80s, 1950s, 2000s
Place: shanghai, shanghai china, china
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Fearless (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, friendship, exile, martial arts tournament, hopes, patriotism, redemption, childhood, warrior, duel ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, japan, shanghai china ...
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Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, family relations, blackmail, opium, addiction, power relations, couples, rise and fall, dishonesty, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo, japan ...
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Code 46 (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, clever, futuristic ...
Plot: cloning, fall in love, investigation, forgery, infidelity, future dystopia, love and romance, love affair, lovers on the run, romance, dishonesty, surveillance ...
Time: future
Place: asia, shanghai, seattle, china, sahara desert ...
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Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: China, South Korea, Singapore
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dangerous Liaisons is a Chinese film by Hur Jin-ho based on the novel with the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: seduction, love triangle, love and romance, intrigue, femme fatale, couples, wooing, fall in love, betrayal, womanizer, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, shanghai, asia
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Love Me If You Dare (2015)
Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Getting inside the head of a violent criminal is not easy. But Simon Bo, a brilliant criminal psychologist, has the ability to get into the minds of even the most mysterious and violent criminals. He’s a professor at The University of Maryland and ...
Style: tense, disturbing, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychological manipulation, love, investigation, maniac, cruelty, sociopath, serial killer, psychopath, justice, crime solving, police, chinese ...
Time: contemporary
Place: shanghai
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Shanghai Fortress (2019)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in the future, the city of Shanghai battle to defend itself against an ongoing attack by an alien force that has attacked and laid siege to numerous cities around the globe in it's quest to harvest a hidden energy only found on earth.
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, apocalyptic
Plot: air battle, courage, fantasy world, alien, heroes, war, danger, friendship, doom, life risking, protection, gunfight ...
Time: future, near future
Place: shanghai
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The Age of Shadows (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop ...
Plot: japanese occupation of korea, japanese occupation, independence movement, shack, antique shop, japanese flag, restaurant, train station, businessman, breakfast, chase, cafe ...
Time: 1920s
Place: korea, shanghai, south korea, japan
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The Last Tycoon (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in Shanghais Gangster era of the early 1900s, THE LAST TYCOON tells the tale of CHENG (Chow Yun-Fat), a young man who is set up by the chief of police (Sammo Hung) and must leave the life he knows and QIU (Monica Mok), the woman he loves, to ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, gangsters, mafia, crimes, betrayal, dishonesty, danger, love triangle, criminal heroes, graphic violence, gang, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1920s, 1930s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
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Corto Maltese in Siberia (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: France, Italy, Luxembourg
Duration: 92 min.
Story: At the end of 1918 while civil war is raging on in Russia, antagonism is slowly spreading to the East, between the Oural mountains and Shanghai. Stuck between a desire to save what's left of the great Imperial Russia, and starting from a clean ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: adventure, treasure hunt, political unrest, chase, adventurer, heroes, state affairs, danger, escapades, russian revolution, civil war, train ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, year 1918
Place: siberia, china, russia, shanghai, hong kong ...
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Shaolin Challenges Ninja (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gordon Liu stars as a Chinese martial arts student struggling to relate to his new Japanese wife. When a series of martial misunderstandings spirals into an international incident, he's forced to take on seven of Japan's most powerful ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninjitsu, master warrior, kung fu, ambition, heroes, one man army, rivalry, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, ninja, fight ...
Time: 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, contemplative, art house, psychological ...
Plot: love affair, adultery, newspaper, loneliness, infidelity, forbidden love, romance, human nature, marriage, coincidence, neighbor, guilt ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1962
Place: hong kong, japan, singapore, asia, shanghai ...
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The Face of Fu Manchu (1965)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Grisly strangulations in London alert Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard to the possibility that fiendish Fu Manchu may not after all be dead, even though Smith witnessed his execution. A killer spray made from Tibetan berries seems to be involved and ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, scary ...
Plot: master criminal, terrorism, danger, crimes, escapades, crime, chases and races, heroes, rivalry, riddles and clues, kidnapping, faked death ...
Time: 60s
Place: scotland yard, england, london, europe, shanghai
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Shanghai Panic (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A glimpse into the lives of 4 Shanghai teenagers
Plot: gay, aids, teenager, shower, male nudity, gay romance, hiv aids, hiv, drugs, drug, gay relationship
Place: china, shanghai
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.
Style: exciting, semi serious, psychotronic, surreal, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: battles, chaos, robot, evil alien, military, androids and robots, man versus machine, good versus evil, alien, artifact, chaos and mayhem, human existence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, stone age, prehistoric times
Place: egypt, washington d.c., paris france, new jersey, virginia ...
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