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Shanghai Knights
     

Shanghai Knights

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Director: David Dobkin, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Cast: David Dobkin, Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

 

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Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan are at it again in this high-flying sequel to the surprise 2000 hit Shanghai Noon. Like the first film's release, Touchstone has once again delivered a grand DVD, with extras that will wet the whistle of any action devotee. The disc comes with a sharp widescreen 2.35:1 picture and is formatted for 16 x 9 televisions for all you lucky

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Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan are at it again in this high-flying sequel to the surprise 2000 hit Shanghai Noon. Like the first film's release, Touchstone has once again delivered a grand DVD, with extras that will wet the whistle of any action devotee. The disc comes with a sharp widescreen 2.35:1 picture and is formatted for 16 x 9 televisions for all you lucky widescreen-TV owners. Sound options range from Dolby Digital 5.1 to a fantastic THX track; there is also an audio commentary with director David Dobkin along with another track with screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The extras really heat up with the sit-down interview with Dobkin and Chan about the fight choreography in the "Fight Manual" behind-the-scenes featurette. Considering his disappointment with the original Rush Hour's action scenes, these clips show Chan taking charge while working with the cast and crew, making sure each scene is not only entertaining, but also one that fits the story. Equally impressive are most of the 11 deleted scenes, with four of them fully uncut fight scenes which highlight more of the carefully choreographed exceptional martial arts footwork from Chan and others from the film (including Donnie Yen, who was poorly featured in the final cut). Also on the disc is "Action Overload," a compilation of some of the best clips from the film which have been sepia-toned and put to old-time music (which pretty much makes it a throwaway extra compared to the rest of the disc). With the majority of the features spotlighting the action, this disc should be a winner for old and new Jackie Chan fans alike.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
This sequel to the Jackie Chan-Owen Wilson action comedy Shanghai Noon not only offers up more of the goods that had audiences lining up at the box office the first time around; it also manages to be even goofier than its predecessor. Chan stars as John Wayne (the moniker is an Americanized pronunciation of the character’s real name - one of the film’s many genre jokes), a Chinese immigrant in the Old West who ditches his job as a sheriff to avenge the death of his father and recover a stolen Imperial seal. This leads him to reconnect with his old sidekick, Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson), who has been using his dime-novel notoriety to hustle women in New York City. The duo heads to Victorian London, where they join forces with Wayne’s kung fu fighter sister (Fann Wong) and end up foiling a nefarious scheme to assassinate the royal family. Shanghai Knights, as its plot suggests, is essentially a live-action cartoon with a candy-colored period setting that recalls Chan’s early masterpieces, Project A I and II. The trio’s escapes lead them to just about every London hot spot, culminating in a climatic showdown at Big Ben, while along the way they encounter famous Brits ranging from Queen Victoria to Jack the Ripper. Throughout it all, of course, are plenty of the spectacular fight scenes, stunts, and set pieces we’ve come to expect in a Jackie Chan movie. As in its predecessor, though, the heart of Shanghai Knights is the rapport between the two stars, with Chan playing straight man to Wilson’s anachronistic California dude persona. The latter is as charming as ever, with his inane, idiosyncratic patter sending up every situation; but Chan, though still agile, looks a bit tired. The truth is, Knights can't fully escape sequel-itis, as the premise wears thin in the later going. Still, the good-natured silliness and bravura action may well leave fans wondering when Chan & Wilson's next Shanghai surprise will come along.
All Movie Guide
Buddy-driven franchises usually get clumsier with each installment, but Jackie Chan movies just get fleeter of foot -- and it's not because he's defying age any better than usual. First with Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 2, now with Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights, Chan scores at least as well -- if not better -- on his second waltz with each partner. And never have his moves seemed more like dance, especially during this film's instant-classic homage to Singin' in the Rain, in which the kung fu gymnast dispatches villains with a deployed umbrella and a Gene Kelly repertoire of glides and spins. Not every set piece equals this imaginative high, and in fact, an otherwise clever revolving-door scene is notable for relying on quick, disorienting edits, which simulate the frenetic pace Chan could once generate on his own. But this amounts to quibbling, because Shanghai Knights gives viewers everything they expect for the price of admission, including another generous helping of Wilson's sham cowboy legend Roy O'Bannon and his gift for eccentric chatter. Both Shanghai movies succeed on the strength of this fluffy sensibility, which nails the tone Wild Wild West (1999) could never find. Sure, it's awfully cutesy when the script places the duo in the middle of every major historical event of pre-20th century London, from the thwarting of Jack the Ripper to the inception of Sherlock Holmes. But that's why Shanghai Knights is fine popcorn entertainment -- it convinces viewers not to get too distracted by such unimportant shortcomings.
Entertainment Weekly
An action-comedy sequel so indefatigably preposterous and farklemt -- as they say in certain Upper West Side saloons -- that it actually improves on the original. Lisa Schwarzbaum
Village Voice
It's a merry surfeit, lofted by calisthenic wow above the usual level for late-era Jackie and Wilson's mellow-gold delivery. Ed Park
New York Times
With Shanghai Knights, [Chan] has come through with one of his best. Elvis Mitchell
Washington Post
Jackie Chan's Shanghai Knights is certainly one of the best of his English-language pictures. Stephen Hunter

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
UPC:
0786936214932
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
26,595

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; "Fight Manual": Special documentary with Jackie Chan and director David Dobkin; "Action Overload": All the action, music video style; Audio commentary with David Dobkin; Audio commentary with writers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French language track; Spanish subtitles

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Chan Chon Wang
Owen Wilson Roy O'Bannon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson Charlie
Tom Fisher Artie Doyle
Aidan Gillen Lord Rathbone
Fann Wong Chon Lin
Donnie Yen Wu Chan
Kim Chan Chon Wang's Father
Gemma Jones Queen Victoria

Technical Credits
David Dobkin Director
Stephanie Austin Executive Producer
Gary Barber Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Bára Bucharová Set Decoration/Design
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Malcolm Campbell Editor
Jackie Chan Executive Producer
Willie Chan Executive Producer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Alfred Gough Screenwriter
Priscilla John Casting
Mirek Lux Asst. Director
Giles Masters Art Director
Edward L. McDonnell Executive Producer
Miles Millar Screenwriter
Donna Morong Casting
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Tony Reading Art Director
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Solon So Executive Producer
Jaromir Svarc Art Director
Scott Thaler Asst. Director
Ian Voigt Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Forbidden City [7:33]
2. "What Brings You to New York?" [3:02]
3. Smokey and Beni [7:33]
4. Lord Rathbone [3:27]
5. Chasing Charlie [5:10]
6. Scotland Yard [4:25]
7. Holmes and Nevada [8:16]
8. Secret Passage [8:27]
9. Wu Chan [7:11]
10. Pillow Fight [6:54]
11. "Friends to the End" [8:05]
12. Madame Tussaud's [5:47]
13. Royal Fireworks [1:38]
14. "One More" [7:57]
15. Jump [6:38]
16. Outtakes [7:14]

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Shanghai Knights 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. Jackie Chan is awesome, and Owen Wilson is great as a comedian and just a plain funny guy. Go see this one ya'll!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was really really good. It was halriously funny. If you love humor and some fighting, this is definitly good. It is totally worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot around this movie was not all that good, but the movie itself was very funny, and I like movies like that. Sometimes if you want to just laugh, this is a movie to watch.
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