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The John Cusack-starring 'Shanghai' is a dreary 'Casablanca' retread

The John Cusack-starring 'Shanghai' is a dreary 'Casablanca' retread

The World War II spy thriller "Shanghai," which initially played in China in 2010, is just now getting a U.S. release, but cries of a lost masterpiece are unlikely.

Like a smudgy printout from a toner-deficient copier, this "Casablanca" retread, starring John Cusack as an undercover naval intelligence officer and Gong Li as the mysterious wife of a gangster (Chow Yun-Fat), feels entirely disposable despite considerable production values and a larding of the cast with noteworthy stars from Japan (Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuchi) and China (Gong, Chow).

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