Set in Shanghai in 1939, Mei-mei a nightclub singer gets entangled in the murder of a Japanese Officer and is thrown in jail, in the meantime her boyfriend Lu-xia falls in love with Mei-mei’s sister Go-xin. He then has a spiritual encounter and becomes torn between his conscience and his heart. How will he resolve his struggle? Did Mei-mei kill Commander Yaguchi?
Shanghai Blues is a full-length play that is one half of and duet of plays, its sister play is Shanghai Baby. The focus in Shanghai Baby is more on Go-xin and her ties with the factory workers who are employed in Lu-xia’s factory.