In a dystopian future, insurance fraud investigator William Gold arrives in Shanghai to investigate a forgery ring for "papelles", futuristic passports that record people's identities and genetics. Gold falls for Maria Gonzalez, the woman in charge of the forgeries. After a passionate affair, Gold returns home, having named a coworker as the culprit. But when one of Gonzalez's customers is found dead, Gold is sent back to Shanghai to complete the investigation.
- Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
- Studio: BBC Film, BBC, Kailash Picture Company, Revolution Films, UK Film Council, United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MEDIA Programme of the European Union
- Keyword: seattle, usa, shanghai, china, future, insurance salesman, dystopia
- Cast: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Nabil Elouahabi, Om Puri, Emil Marwa, Nina Fog