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 »ather's murder in Shanghai, he leaves his honorable life as Carson City's sheriff in a cloud of dust and reunites with his yarn-spinning sidekick, Roy O'Bannon (Wilson). Together they make their way to London on a daring quest for honor and revenge. Hilarious escapades and hair-raising adventures ensue as our heroes find themselves in the middle of a devious plot to eliminate the entire royal family. And Chon gives Victorian Britain a royal kick in the pants as he tries to avenge his father's death and keep love-struck Roy away from his sister!« less
Juli P. (Carpe-DVD) from AURORA, IL Reviewed on 4/5/2019...
Just hylarious Chan and Wilson. A dynamic duo.
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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.
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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...?)"
Fun and entertaining, a good follow up for Chan and Wilson
Jason Cheng | Catonsville, MD | 01/29/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"In Shanghai Knights, Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon find themselves teaming up again, but this time there is no princess to rescue. Instead, they head out to London to track down the person that murdered Wang's father, and to retrieve the imperial seal that was stolen from the Forbidden City. With the assistance of Wang's beautiful and resourceful sister Lin, they eventually uncover a conspiracy that will affect the power structure of the East and the West if it is allowed to succeed. Foreigners in a strange land, the dynamic duo must once more rely on Wang's quick hands and Roy's charming wits, not to mention the help of a few friendly natives, to complete their mission.A relatively standard buddy film, Shanghai Knights follows the same winning formula with Chan handling the fights and Wilson cracking the jokes. The two of them definitely seem more comfortable around each other the second time around, and as a result the movie benefits from the familiarity between the leads. The Chinese-Singaporean singer Fann Wong plays Chon Lin, relatively new to the cinema, she does a good job in the role of Wang's sister and as Roy's love interest, she also got the opportunity to kick a few butts at the same time. Donnie Yen is again underused as the exiled renegade Wu Chan, and even though he is very convincing as a villain, the short screen time he has doesn't even begin to demonstrate his versatility as an actor much less an accomplished martial artist. Lastly, Aidan Gillen's portrayal of Rathbone is surprisingly likeable, rather than the stereotypical evil mastermind we are so used to seeing in action comedies these days.Fans of Jackie Chan should be happy to know that he had abandoned the wire works and special effects recently seen in The Tuxedo, and had gone back to the traditional stunts he is known for. Unfortunately, the best match up in the movie, between Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, happens to be one of the shortest fights. I cannot help but wonder if this was a Hong Kong production, we probably would've been treated with a 3 to 5 minute worth of uninterrupted kung fu goodness. Even so, Chan does have an incredible showdown at the end with Aidan Gillen, the sword action is fast and furious, and should be a treat to all action enthusiasts.Overall, the pacing of the movie is pretty good, although there are a few parts that seem to drag on endlessly, especially the opening scene in New York. Shanghai Knights is an enjoyable film that aims to entertain, it is for sure a fun ride, but I find the humor and the jokes aren't as sharp as the ones in Rush Hour, probably because Owen Wilson lacks the spontaneity of Chris Tucker. Oh yeah, don't forget to catch the blooper clips right before the credits, they are good for a few laughs."
Addendum to previous reviews
Daniel V. Reilly | 02/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I disagree in part to the reviews both positive and negative to this film. Please remember a few things: Chan choregraphed the fight sequences. The whole "in a real fight Yen could beat Chan" comment is flawed: JC was in total control of that fight, and younger vs. older: it doesn't matter. Who wins or loses is a device of the plot. He wins (and I'm not giving anything away; you see as much in the commercials) and the story moves on. The competition is now Matrix-style and Crouching Tiger-style martial arts filmmaking. Once you've opened the CGI-Pandora's-box, how do you compete with that? JC sticks to showing the artistry and physicality of the fight sequences that the outtakes later prove that the actors are actually fighting, and not "helped along" with any kind of flashy, sometimes distracting effects. The trick was to do old-school kung fu in light of the competition and have it work. In this movie, it works really well.As for JC losing creativity: remember this movie was made with American audiences in mind (think of all the really-corny, lighthearted, stereotyped ethnic jokes, and you can only conclude this was made for Americans). Americans are practically totally ignorant of any other movie JC has ever done outside of the Rush Hours. What movie hasn't recycled some of their better moments--especially sequels? Parts of the opening fight sequence were lifted from Rush Hour-2; parts of the end fight sequence was lifted from Shanghai Noon. They worked; they were memorable moments. Bring them back to refresh audiences' memories. The creativity comes from the situation and the scene. And all Jackie Chan movies have outtakes; they're not "beginning" to become signatures. They're a legitimate part of the movie--the only thing new about JC's outtakes is that they've stopped running credits over them.The movie has action. The movie has broad comedy. The movie takes the formula and chemistry and runs with it. It's totally different than anything out right now, and it's fun and well worth seeing."