Known for alternating between mainstream Hollywood and independent films, John Cusack says his latest movie, "Shanghai," is a rare middle ground between the two genres.

Speaking at a set visit in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday, the 42-year-old star of movies like "Serendipity" and "Being John Malkovich" called "Shanghai" a unique project that combines the artistry of independent film with the resources of a commercial movie.

"To do something that has a big budget, a great scope with a great director and great actors that has the quality and level of writing and the level of production design ... is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Cusack said.

Shot in London and Bangkok, "Shanghai" is budgeted at more than $10 million — still small by Hollywood standards but big for an Asian production.