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Actors: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aaron Johnson, Aidan Gillen
Director: David Dobkin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Comedy
Jackie Chan (RUSH HOUR 2) and Owen Wilson (THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) jump back in the saddle for SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, the hilarious sequel to the hit action-comedy SHANGHAI NOON. When Chon Wang (Chan) gets news of his estranged f... more »
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Don K. from BEAVERTON, OR
Reviewed on 7/29/2012...
I enjoyed "Shanghai Noon", and had high hopes for the sequel, but should have known better. Sequels nearly always stink, and this one is no exception. Predictable, inane, cheesy plot.
The only bright light is Fann Wong, and mostly because she takes the part so seriously and is such a rare beauty. The director framed all of her scenes with obvious awe and respect for her star quality.
Jackie is fun to watch, as always, but the fight scenes are overly choreographed, to the point of it being ballet-like and boring. I had to battle the urge to fast forward.
Owen Wilson IS the part, so no big surprises from him.
All in all, it's 90 minutes I wish I could get back.
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RD S. (rds93291) from GRANADA HILLS, CA
Reviewed on 8/12/2010...
Chan & Wilson a great team & I hope they make some more (round table knights?0.
The Franchise Continues!!!
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 02/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson reprise their hit roles from Shanghai Noon for another go around of odd couple-buddy kung fu action-comedy to solid results.THE STORY:After receiving word from his sister Lin (Asian Superstar Fann Wong) that their father was killed and the Imperial Seal their family was sworn to protect was stolen, Chon Wang reunites with Roy O'Bannon and heads to England to avenge his father's murder and recover the Imperial Seal. Along the way our heroes find help in the form of a young street thief and a "Scotland Yard detective with a penchant for deduction" and uncover a deadly plot that will change the course of history of both Britain and China if successful. Supporting stories include Roy's growing infatuation with Lin and Jackie playing "overprotective big brother."THE ANALYSIS:Like in the Rush Hour series, all the charm and chemistry between Chan and his buddy (in this case Wilson) is preserved. The pair work and play off one another well and it shines through. Wilson's hilarious, laid back delivery style again steals the show and even though he is aging Chan STILL delivers the goods action wise with his trademarked innovative, highly choreographed and amazing fight scenes.THE SEQUEL:Like in other "franchises" of late, this particular sequel does borrow and recycle bits from the first installment but does so without making the bits "old" or REALLY feel borrowed. Most notable of the borrowing is the "homage" to history with character name revelations (one REALLY obvious), one not-so-obvious. The other bits of course center around Roy and his usual want for women and the "odd couple" chemistry between Roy and Chon.BEST SCENES:- Rescuing Roy from certain death by water- Sheep scene- New York hotel fight scene- Street battle- Secret room battle- The End of Credit BloopersTHE VERDICT:Overall, fans of the first movie, and Jackie fans in general, will be pleased with this second outing. All the charm you expect from a Chan buddy comedy is still here and the action is as solid as ever. In all you get all the goods you look for in an action-comedy: kick ass fight scenes (the street fight with the umbrella was particularly sweet), solid humor (most of the bits are pretty darn funny) and a pretty nice story of two friends (you can almost feel for Roy when Jackie tells Lin about Roy's "goods.").In all, this movie came up just at the right time for this time of year considering all the problems going around now. It was the perfect two hour diversion from all the current troubles of the world. Hopefully they'll be another sequel, or we'll just have to wait for Rush Hour 3.Highly Recommended"
Fun From Start To Finish!
Daniel V. Reilly | Upstate New York, United States | 02/09/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Jackie Chan has a leg up on most movie stars: He's got such an ingratiating personality that you can't help but love him, even if the film he's in is less-than-spectacular (like The Tuxedo). I mean, even my Mom, who HATES action films in general, and Martial-Arts films in particular, loves Jackie Chan! And that's saying something.... Shanghai Knights is a VAST improvement on it's predecessor Shanghai Noon. Jackie and Owen Wilson re-team as Chon Wang, A.K.A. "John Wayne" The Shanghai Kid & Roy O'Bannon; Chon's Dad is killed as part of a plot to claim the Thrones of China & England, and he heads off to London (with Roy in tow) to rescue his Sister and avenge his Father. (The gorgeous Fann Wong plays Jackie's sister, and gets to kick a fair amount of butt in the film.) The villains are played by Aiden Gillen, who has an astonishing sword-fighting sequence at the end, and the legendary Donnie Yen, who squares off in an all-too-brief fight against Jackie. (That sequence is the only reason I didn't give Knights 5 Stars- Considering that this is the first on-screen fight between these two giants of Martial Arts-Cinema, the fight is over waaaayyy too soon! Here's hoping we get a rematch some day!) The jokes fly fast-and-furious, and there are some very funny and inspired meetings with some real-life historical figures. (Don't read the cast list, or some of the fun will be spoiled!) Wilson and Chan have a very easy rapport, and their chemistry is better this time around. The action sequences are very fluid; There's a real sense of joy that comes through in Jackie's best fight scenes, and Shanghai Knights is a great example. The "Singing in the Rain" homage is just priceless! When I heard they were making a sequel to Shanghai Noon, I was less than thrilled; Now I'm counting the days until part three! (And, as usual, don't miss the outtakes at the end!)"
It's funny, perky, filled with action...What can I say?!
Mr. JKW | 11/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a BIG fan of action films (Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars, Rocky etc.) And I LOVE comedies(Just Married, Riding In Cars With Boys, Bubble Boy etc.) The first time I saw an Owen Wilson was in ANOTHER Jackie Chan film (Around The World In 80 Days, sorry..I'm a MR fan also, er...) But I thought the Wilson brothers were awesomely funny as the Wright Bros. in it...So, within a couple months I was able to face "Shanghai Knights" despite the bad reviews. What caught my eye first was the men in this film, the HOT men in this film. Like Owen Wilson ( cute smile), Aidan Gillian (cute everything), & of course, Tom Fisher (He's soooo innocent). The next thing I loved was the the action, this movie has really AWESOME battle scenes (The battle in London Streets & the swordfight between Chon Wang & Lord Nelson Rathbone). Okay...If you haven't figured out that I'm a girl by now, then your crazy. The next thing I loved was the tender friendship (and I know people are going to say I'm crazy) between Roy & Artie (Okay, just laugh!) But it's true! The final thing that I liked (like every girl fan watching this film) is the romance between Chon's little sister Ling & Roy (awww...L'moure). There is also some very instresting scenes in this film that stand out (namely the scene where the orphan boy reveals himself as a young Charlie Chaplin). The bloopers at the end of this movie are realllly funny (Did you see Owen's face when he dropped the sword? Ha-ha!)! All I am saying is that this movie is good historically, emotionally, comically & romantically. Just drop in & rent this movie (for Owen's sake...?)"