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Overall Rating
4.13

Awesome: 27.73%
Worth A Look63.03%
Average: 5.04%
Pretty Bad: 2.52%
Total Crap: 1.68%

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Shanghai Noon
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by Erik Childress

"Better Than Rush Hour and One of the Most Entertaining of the Year"
4 stars

Even though Jackie Chan has been around for a long time, American audiences weren’t really taking a shine to him until many of his films started to get a reissue here in the states. Rumble in the Bronx accomplished that. But the grosses and quality started to go down after Supercop. Chan was now appreciated but still wallowed in mere cult status. Then Chan is teamed up for a brand new film with annoying Chris Tucker and who knew that a little film like Rush Hour would not only be so entertaining but gross over $140 million in ticket sales here in the U.S. Turns out all Chan needed was a good partner and the right blend of action and comedy to get him the respect he so long deserved. Now comes a new film and a new partner, and not only is it better than Rush Hour, but its poised to be one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Chan plays Chon Wang, one of the many servants of Chinese Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu). When she is kidnapped, the Emperor sends three of his best Imperial Guards to America after her. Chon, feeling guilty about being unable to stop the abduction, is reluctantly granted the chance to tag along on the trip with his uncle, the interpreter. Their train, though, is targeted for robbery by Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson) and his gang. The heist is hilariously bungled and the gang’s newest member, quick on the trigger, shoots Chon’s uncle dead. Not pleased with this, Chon chases Roy and his double-crossing crew off the moving train, leaving himself stranded alone in the wilderness. After taking on an exciting battle with a group of Crow warriors, Chon is taken in with the local Sioux tribe and ends up married. He presses on though and ends up teaming with Roy, who’s interested in the ransom of gold on its way to find Princess Pei Pei.

The key to the film is the partnership of Chan and Wilson and its golden. Chan is a natural physical comedian in every sense of the word, and that talent is only accentuated when he has someone to play off of and Owen Wilson is a perfect match. Wilson has been enjoyable to watch in everything he’s appeared in since his hilarious role as Dignan in 1996’s little seen Bottle Rocket and that streak continues here as would-be outlaw Roy. Wilson puts a signature on this role, playing Roy like a little kid acting out a game of Cowboys and Indians. And his adventures with Chon are a plenty. Not only are they on their quest to retrieve the Princess from evil turncoat, Lo Fung (Roger Yuan), but they have Sheriff Van Cleef (Xander Berkeley) on their trail every step of the way, bringing even more action to what could have been a standard one good guy/one bad guy kind of film. Understandably, one goes to see a Jackie Chan film for the action he brings to any project and Shanghai Noon does not disappoint. Chan brings his acrobatic Astaire-like grace to countless sequences including the train robbery, a terrific showdown with Crow warriors, your required saloon fight (which he breathes new life into), the creative use of both a horseshoe and a badge, a prison break, and the final Church showdown which is full of showdowns. It succeeds in excitement where this week’s other big release, Mission Impossible 2 failed.

Admittedly, this is in no way a perfect film. Chon Wang seems to forget about avenging the death of his uncle, as does the film as his killer is dropped for the second act, only to reappear for a non-showdown late in the third, with Chon not seeming to care anymore. Yet it’s so immensely entertaining, that you forget any inconsistencies or weaknesses that it may hold. It’s a film able to laugh at itself and the genre it skewers, playing up references to Butch Cassidy and countless spaghetti westerns, and delivering where last year’s Wild Wild West failed on so many levels. Shanghai Noon ranks atop the resume of just about everyone involved in the production. It’s funny, exciting, and has enormous crossover appeal. Everything a summertime movie should have. (Note: There’s a refreshingly un-PC attitude running throughout Shanghai Noon. Naturally, during the time frame in which the film is set, Asians were commonly referred to as “chinamen”. This term is used frequently towards Chon Wang, but just to keep things even on the playing field, just about every race gets a joke tossed their way, showing everyone that they should lighten up and laugh at themselves every once in a while.)

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User Comments

12/08/09 Jeff Wilder Chan and Wilson work well together 4 stars
10/22/08 Shaun Wallner Laughed my ass off! 4 stars
5/30/06 Kaitlin Prince I freakn' love these two together! Jackie is physically amazing and Owen is hysterical 5 stars
5/16/06 Ouchy wouchy bang bang funny Fun to watch. If this is the film you like you'll love this movie 4 stars
9/02/05 Tom Burns Very funny movie. Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson make a great team. 5 stars
7/28/05 Quigley one of jackie chan's best. the horseshoe sequence was insane. owen was equally funny. 5 stars
6/02/05 Chris A desent comedy worth a few laughs 3 stars
1/31/05 Paul both main actors are good 4 stars
1/24/05 keithers.. Chan has gone hollywood....(Chan fans...look for Yuen Biao) 2 stars
7/28/04 dick hertz awesome niggar 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Kind of funny. Very weird. 3 stars
5/19/04 John reminiscent of the old Terence Hill/Bud Spencer movies - story taken from RED SUN - cute 4 stars
12/30/03 tatum Wilson and Chan are equally funny 4 stars
9/20/03 JackieChanFan - JACKIE CHAN RULESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ASK ME IF I GIVE A S*** {JACKIE CHAN IS SO AMAZING. HE IS SO FUNNY. I LOVE JC. 100%JC 5 stars
8/03/03 MJM103171 Excellent! It is cinematic literature. 5 stars
7/27/03 peter cox really good 5 stars
7/09/03 natasha_theobald Chan and Wilson make an oddly irresistable pair 4 stars
4/01/03 R.W. Welch Imaginative comic actioner, numerous yuks. 4 stars
2/03/03 Turtle Much, much better than expected! Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson together...and it's great! 4 stars
5/17/02 Priscilla Postelthwaite Typical Jackie Chan fare - more zany high jinks than plot lucidity. 4 stars
2/22/02 bizkit252@hotmail.com sweet and a western i like westerns like that one! 5 stars
2/21/02 Xaver Dumb. Cute. See it. 4 stars
12/03/01 Mike Scriven Excellent comedy/western/kungfu/buddy flick 5 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 Lots of fun, Owen Wilson rulz!!!! 4 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat My brother & I love 2 go see Jackie Chan pics together.This is 1 of our best theater trips. 4 stars
7/02/01 TLsmooth Owen Wilson is fucking hilarious....Chris Tucker and Rush Hour 2 can eat my shit. 5 stars
5/09/01 Jake Not too shabby. Wilson has some classic lines. 4 stars
5/07/01 Meridith owen and Jackie were hilarious!! The bath tub scene was the best!!!! 5 stars
4/26/01 tayyab_shahpk tayyab_shahpkhotmail.com 2 stars
4/19/01 fifu a poor jackie chan movie see legend of drunken master 2 stars
4/14/01 kiren khan very nice 1 stars
3/04/01 bullit17 Not bad. Not great, but certainly not bad. 4 stars
3/04/01 Sytse Faber A very good movie! You should really watch it sometime. The best actioncomedy ever! 5 stars
11/29/00 clark damn that Brandon Merrill(the indain wife) is HOT! and legal too! 5 stars
10/12/00 Richie Cunningham Jackie Chan kicks serious ass, weapons, laughs and some good stunts a big budget chan flick 5 stars
10/11/00 The Bomb 69 the beginning and ending were slow but the middle was awesome and hilarious!! 4 stars
9/04/00 FishieDoc Great movie, I laughed through the whole thing. 5 stars
8/16/00 Larwence G. Allotta A fun movie with lots of silly little twists to the plot that are amusing and entertaining. 4 stars
8/13/00 acestorm_2000 Very,fan & cool movie .I am a big Jackie Chan s fan. 5 stars
8/11/00 Poohtoo I like Jackie, Owen & Lucy, but the movie was so average, I'm a bit disappointed 3 stars
7/17/00 Doctor Collosus Best movie of the Summer. Great action. Great humor. Even had great visuals/cinematography. 5 stars
7/16/00 Roman Those damn asians make me laugh 5 stars
7/01/00 FRED OHH 5 stars
6/29/00 PJ This movie was fucking great, Owen Wilson stole the show, almost. great flick 5 stars
6/27/00 Overserved Any movie with a bar room brawl set to ZZ Top's La Grange is A #1 with me. 4 stars
6/26/00 Clare Much better than it looks in the trailers. 4 stars
6/21/00 Heather Really enjoyed it, but there again I am a Jackie fan! 5 stars
6/17/00 Darren Shea Perfect balance of humor and action for fans of Jackie Chan's films 5 stars
6/16/00 R.A.T It was really good & really funny. 5 stars
6/14/00 Krystal Most enjoyable Chan movie in a long time- both good humor and good fighting 4 stars
6/13/00 JonnyA Didn't expect much, but... 4 stars
6/12/00 michael missos great 5 stars
6/12/00 EWillieL Zeitgeist needs a new handle. Jackie goes bigtime in style. 4 stars
6/11/00 Draugluin Owen has some great scenes. See this if you run out of better movies. 3 stars
6/08/00 Bueller Rush Hour was better. Best stuff was shown in the previews. The Chan man can do better. 3 stars
6/07/00 Zeitgeist Further proof that Average Joe American is mindless...this movie was shit. 1 stars
6/07/00 Alma Marquez Kick ass funny! 4 stars
6/02/00 siro no reason not to see it 4 stars
6/01/00 PJ oh man this movie is just great, Owen Wilson practically stole the show, funny as hell 4 stars
6/01/00 malcolm very good but not nearly the best of Jackie Chan 4 stars
5/31/00 PhilmPhreak Go see this movie - great entertainment! 5 stars
5/31/00 Derek K. It's Jackie Chan. It's a comedy. It's Owen Wilson. Why haven't you seen it yet? 5 stars
5/30/00 arnold mi:2=just good action shangahi noon=more than good action 5 stars
5/29/00 Captain Highcrime The one movie this weekend where you're supposed to laugh your ass off at the characters. 4 stars
5/28/00 Ryan Great! Very entertaining! 5 stars
5/28/00 Mike Earrp Chan's the man. Wilson delivers his lines really well. It's light-hearted and fun 5 stars
5/27/00 DatherFrawdad just seemed dull even with some nice fights. 3 stars
5/27/00 Makaveli the Don See this movie and not that MI2 crap! 5 stars
5/26/00 Danield definately jackie best state side film 5 stars
5/24/00 Chen Kenichi Deadlands/Doomtown fans will love it =) 5 stars
5/21/00 Cinesuerte Great flick better than Rush Hour better fight scenes, Owen Wilson is hilarious. Jet who?? 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  26-May-2000 (PG-13)

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Australia
  10-Aug-2000 (M)


Directed by
  Tom Dey

Written by
  Alfred Gough
  Miles Millar

Cast
  Jackie Chan
  Owen Wilson
  Lucy Liu
  Brandon Merrill
  Roger Yuan
  Xander Berkeley



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