Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

  • Director: Josef von Sternberg
  • Writer: Jules Furthman,Harry Hervey
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English, French, Cantonese, German
  • Release date: February 12, 1932
  • Runtime: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.37 : 1
  • Also known as: Shanghai-Express
  • "Shanghai Express" (Shanghai Express) is a romantic film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich , Clive Brook , Anna May Wong and others. The film was released in the United States on February 2, 1932. 
    The film tells a story that takes place on a train that travels across the land of China, in the context of the Chinese Civil War. Dietrich plays a woman nicknamed "Shanghai Lily" who meets her old lover on the train, which sparks some stories. 
    "Shanghai Express" won awards such as Best Picture (Nominated) at the 5th Academy Awards in 1932.


    • Release date February 12, 1932
    • Filming locations Santa Fe Railroad Depot - 1170 W. 3rd Street, San Bernardino, California, USA
    • Production companies Paramount Pictures

    Box office

    Gross US & Canada


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    • By Fidel 2022-07-10 23:30:32

      About accents


      Before the 1980s, there were basically two ways for foreign companies to shoot films related to Chinese themes in Hollywood studios or in the colonies of capitalist allies at that time (for example, a 007 film related to China was shot in Hong Kong, the Commonwealth of Nations). , and since the Opium War, residents in the Pearl River Delta have moved to Hong Kong one after another, and most of them are near Foshan and Panyu. Those people in the play speak the Shunde accent,...

    • By Providenci 2022-07-10 23:13:19

      ruthless bitch

            The prostitute Shanghai Lily in the film does not hesitate to dedicate herself to a small warlord for her old lover. In reality, countless women dedicate themselves to many men for their men. Don't you mean bitches are ruthless?
           Mr. Liang Yuchun said: The most lovely women are the infatuated people in this group of people, such as salesmen, actresses, and singers; Yes, but if they really fall in love with a lover, their love is ten thousand times stronger than that of...

    • By Lowell 2022-07-10 23:12:28

      On Anna May Wong and Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai Express"

      Out of interest in Anna May Huang, I chose one night to finish watching "Shanghai Express" without fast-forwarding. Filmed in 1931, the film stars Clive Brook and Marlene Dietrich as the film's male and female protagonists, with Anna May Wong as the film's third character. The background of the story is China during the civil war in 1931. In the film, photographer Huang Zongzhan used many of the shots he shot during his trip to China in 1928 to make the film more...

    • By Jean 2022-07-10 22:11:41

      There is really no good or bad in every movie

      If I had watched this film before translating Jack Smith, I would have thought it was very ordinary, just an ordinary Hollywood film of the 1930s, but what Jack Smith saw was different from what I saw. He admired this director because this director The storyline can be sacrificed to achieve the beauty of a woman. In his films, women are jewels, shining with the charm of other people. The whole film is used to show the beauty of women. The price is very high. In that era, it was true It's a...

    • By Jerrell 2022-07-10 16:58:24

      looks beautiful

      Marlene Dietrich under Steinberg's lens is the most beautiful. There is no lack of sexy and glamorous in classics. Even at the moment when love blooms, she is proud. This film seems to have become Dietrich's personal show, with different costumes and different accessories, taking turns in battle, so mysterious, arrogant, wronged, sad, playful, stubborn... It
      seems that Dietrich is placed in a photographic scene . The shed changes the scene, the shape, and the character, but in the end,...

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    • By Ewell 2022-08-21 14:04:39

      Don't know why it's so famous... the urban version of the stagecoach. Anna May Wong dangling like a ghost, Dietrich had a tone. But the story was lackluster and...

    • By Marianna 2022-08-20 17:35:22

      Looking at it now, I think it's a very idol drama, but it was probably not a modernism and Politics class that was badly filmed back...

    • By Osbaldo 2022-07-10 22:58:19

      There is something to complain about in the plot, and Cantonese with a Shunde accent is weird on the way from Beijing to Shanghai. But the lines are top-notch, and the actors' performance is top-notch. Look at Marlene Dietrich, how charming, her eyes are rippling, and every frown and smile makes people's heart skip a beat! (Yes, I watched this show with two beautiful...

    • By Monique 2022-07-10 22:18:06

      Anna May Wong played an anonymous deus ex machina here, killing the revolutionary army Chang who prevented Harvey and Madeline from reuniting. If you want to cry for Chang, how could such a stupid warlord, for the sake of a woman, give up his readily available benefits and keep his promise to let the male lead go. The revolutionary army imagined by Hollywood is too...

    Movie plot

    On the express train from Beijing to Shanghai, the background is the period of the Chinese Civil War. Nicknamed "Shanghai Lily", she works as a Camellia woman. She meets her old lover, a British officer, on a train, which sparks some stories. The British officer she had always been obsessed with, she showed affection and teasing in every possible way, but he was full of jealousy and hatred and refused to regain his old love. When he...
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    Movie quotes

    • Mrs. Haggerty: There's a dining car this time?

      Peiping Ticket Agent: Yes, madam. Everything but a Turkish bath.

      Mrs. Haggerty: Hmph!

    • Customs Official: What have you got in that basket, missus?

      Mrs. Haggerty: Just a little snack of lunch me niece put up for me.

      Customs Official: Ain't got any animals in there?

      Mrs. Haggerty: I hope not.

    • British Officer with Newspaper: I say, Harvey, you're in for a good time.

      Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: Why?

      British Officer with Newspaper: Do you know who's on this train?

      Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: No, who?

      British Officer with Newspaper: Shanghai Lily.

      Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: Who's Shanghai Lily?

      Cigarette Lighting British Officer: Don't tell me you've never heard of Shanghai Lily? Everybody in China knows her. She's a notorious coaster.

      Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: What in the name of Confucius is a coaster?

      British Officer with Newspaper: You're hopeless. A coaster's a woman who lives by her wits along the China coast.