Shanghai meets New Jersey when two loveable thugs cannot come to terms on the price of the towns hottest strip club, "The Shanghai Palace". Lust, love, racism and greed are in the kitchen in this spicy tale of Italian sausage and garlic chicken.
Synopsis:Ye grows up in poverty in the streets of Shanghai. He becomes a big and successful businessman, moves to America where he owns a strip club called Shanghai Palace. Frankie is a thug from New Jersey, a hot shot guy who does deals. He wants a piece of Yes' action. They meet but they cannot come to an agreement on the price of the club. They fight....Slowly they begin to see each others differences and become friends. They learn about each other. Ye explains that he lost his wife to cancer and Frankie admits to being a gambler and a hustler in life. Ye gets ill and has a heart attack. Frankie comes to his rescue and robs a casino to pay off his debt. Ye goes on to Arizona to retire and play golf while Frankie runs the fort. Its a story about two tough guys that soften enough to form a lasting bond, a story of friendship and loyalty.
"Shanghai Palace" Synopsis We find 12 year old YE in Shanghai stealing goods to sell on the street. He barters with tourists, not budging off his price of $20.00 for a handbag. He lives in a tiny apartment with his beautiful Mother. Forty years later, we find Ye in America counting money at his strip club in new Jersey, the “Shanghai Palace”. Ye pets his snake Samira, who he keeps on his desk in a woven basket.
At the club some mobsters watch the dancers, keeping an eye on Adrianna, the sexiest and hottest dancer.The head mobster is Frankie, a small time thug who is there to do business with Ye. They negotiate but cannot come to terms with the asking price of the club, seven million dollars. Ye will not budge off his asking price. The mobsters threaten Ye and his son Yin-Wa but then Frankie backs down saying it is Christmas. His friends think he is going soft. Two undercover cops sit outside trying to figure out what is going down in the club. Ye and his son go home and Ye counsels his son against violence. Frankie goes home where his wife Maria is waiting for him and drills him on his business activities. The next day Frankie and Maria go shopping in New York, they split ways and Frankie meets a mysterious Chinese woman Adrianna, who invites him to her apartment in Soho. She tries to seduce him but he is faithful to his wife. When Frankie gets home, he finds out that his wife was attacked by a Chinese intruder. He has been set up.
Frankie goes berserk and drives to Shanghai Palace and chases Ye in his car and then on foot over a bridge. The men argue and are observed by the undercover cops. The two men then come to terms and have a beer in a nearby pub. Ye confides to Frankie that he needs the money to retire and play golf in Arizona. Frankie invites him to a Christmas party at his home but Ye is reluctant to go.
Frankie picks up his mother at the airport. She is a very crotchety old lady, very old style Italian. They have dinner at home and discuss old times and the old neighborhood and that they miss their dead Dad. Christmas carollers come to the door. Ye warns his son Yin-Wa to stay away from Adrianna who is on the make with Frankie, but Yin-Wa is very enamored with Adrianna although she is exotic and mysterious and cold.
Maria and Mama buy food at a greenmarket for the big party, loading up on meats and vegetables. Frankie has a band set up and play they play blues. Guests arrive with gifts and soon Ye and his son arrive. Frankies mobster friends cannot believe he is invited and think that Frankie has lost his edge, that he is going soft. Some men at the party sing and Frankie asks Ye to sing a song, much to Mamas delight. Frankie leaves Christmas Eve on business and meets Adriana at an airfield in a waiting helicopter wearing a Santa suit. They fly above Atlantic city casinos and land on a roof of a casino and he shimmies his way down into the casino. His friends are there and Mighty Zeke is also in a Santa suit. They steal the money, seven million dollars and do a switcheroo to throw off the authorities.
Frankie and Adrianna are chased by a police helicopter and they jump from the helicopter into a tent at a street festival in Little Italy. The next day is a big, happy Christmas for all the family, with expensive gifts like gold bracelets, fur coats and Harley Davidson motorcycles. Frankie goes to visit with Ye and finds out that he has had a heart attack and is in critical condition at the hospital. He goes to see him and is touched by Ye, who is brave and wants to survive. He tells him that he has his money and he will play golf again.
They all meet at the airport and say goodbye, Mama then tells Frankie that she and Ye are going together to Arizona and are opening a Chinese - Italian restaurant. Ye proposes on the plane to Mother, who is amazed that she has found love again after so many years alone. It's a whacked out tale of lovable thugs, we root for them and their own personal demons they must overcome. Somewhere hopefully we lose sight that they are degenerates and see them as people with hopes and dreams and their own set of values.