Shanghai Surprise stars Sean Penn as Glendon Wasey, a quick-witted fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Madonna is a determined missionary nurse seeking the cursing powers of opium for her patients. She wants to help the suffering.. he want boat fare back to the states- so fate sets them on a hectic, exotic, quixotic, and quite often romantic guest for stolen drugs. The trouble is, the opium they’re after is also the target of every thug and smuggler in Shanghai.

It’s a wild rickshaw race adventure with every concubine karate-killer and crime boss in town in hot pursuit. When the hottest star couple in America hit menacing streets of seaport China, you’re in for a Shanghai Surprise!!


  • Release Date: August 29, 1986
  • Directed by: Jim Goddard
  • Adventure Comedy
  • Madonna as Gloria Tatlock