My Shanghai: the Film

A documentary by P.H. Wells

The war in Ukraine, begun Feb. 24 with Russia’s unprovoked invasion, has caused profound suffering and a humanitarian crisis in Europe not seen since World War II. My Shanghai joins the world in condemning Vladimir Putin’s monstrous regime and demanding justice for the Ukrainian people.


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Growing up fast in 1930s Shanghai, the “Paris of the Orient,” Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon was imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII at Lunghwa camp. Her memory sharp as shrapnel, Virginia, 92, unveils a provocative, deeply personal story of love, loss, art, and the art of survival in this one-hour portrait documentary.


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Her daughters and son join her on camera, as well as her grandson, whose bond with his grandmother had taken on new meaning as a young man. Virginia leads us on a walk through her daily life—a trip to the local farmers’ market, a search for perfect flowers for ikebana arrangements, a tour of her Asian art collection—as she unfolds a past full of intrigue, danger, and closely guarded secrets.


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Life goes on in the garden. (Movie still from My Shanghai ©2014 My Shanghai LLC)


This film is a jewel of the Orient!

Lesa Babb, BLINC Media

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