The Longest Night in Shanghai

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The Longest Night in Shanghai
Directed by Zhang Yibai
Written by Yuji Yamamura
Zhang Yibai
Starring Zhao Wei
Masahiro Motoki
Dylan Kuo
Music by Hiroaki Ito
Cinematography Yang Tao
Edited by Tao Wen
Release date
  • June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26) (China)
  • September 22, 2007 (2007-09-22) (Japan)
Running time
110 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin

The Longest Night in Shanghai (Chinese: 夜。上海) is a 2007 film produced by Japan's Movie Eye Entertainment and directed by Chinese director Zhang Yibai. It is a rare collaboration between China and Japan.

The film consists of a diverse cast. It stars Chinese actress Zhao Wei and Japanese actor Masahiro Motoki. Other members of the cast include Taiwanese actor Dylan Kuo, Hong Kong actor Sam Lee, and Japanese actress Naomi Nishida[1]



Lin Xi's the struggling taxi driver who literally runs Naoki down in the street after he goes walkabout. Eager to placate the mysterious foreigner, Lin offers to chauffeur him around town, yet by the time she discovers Naoki has neither money nor any grasp of Chinese, he's captivated by watching her attempt to deal with her own personal problems. She should get him back home, but the phone calls keep coming in. He should get back to his hotel, but the strange bond he's forming with this woman (even though he barely understands a word she's saying) is the first thing in years to have him feeling alive.


Firefly; Breathe (by Frally Hynes)


"Pic shuttlecocks between the corny and the involving, but Zhao's natural perf and Shanghai itself (always front and center, knitted into the action) keep things watchable." – Variety[2]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

Award Category Name Outcome
Ibiza International Film Festival Golden Falcon Award Nominated
Independent Spirit Prize Won
Beijing College Student Film Festival Grand Jury Prix Won
Favorite Actress Zhao Wei Won
Shanghai International Film Festival Press Prize Box Office Protential Won
Most Attractive Actress Zhao Wei Won
Huabiao Awards Outstanding Co-produced Film Nominated
Tiburon International Film Festival Best Film Nominated
Huading Awards Best Actress Zhao Wei Won


  1. ^ Frater, Patrick (2006-05-09). "Movie Eye gazes at 'Shanghai': China-Japan co-production to star Zhao and Motoki". Variety. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  2. ^ Derek Elley (2007-07-12). "Movie Review:The Longest Night in Shanghai". Variety. Retrieved 2007-07-12. 

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