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Story

Story? What story? All a movie like Shanghai Noon needs is the amazing stunt set pieces featuring kung fu superstar Jackie Chan and the drolly caffeinated ramblings of Owen Wilson (and to be sure, that's all it gets). It's a buddy comedy about Roy O'Bannon (Wilson), a minor, borderline incompetent desperado, and Chon Wang (Chan)--Roy thinks he hears (and scoffs at) the name "John Wayne"--a member of the Chinese Imperial Guard searching for a kidnapped princess (Lucy Liu). They become reluctant partners in the Old West (Roy, who considers Chon his sidekick, is hurt to discover that the bounty on Wang's head is more than his own), brawling, drinking, bathing, and bonding and in general having mildly amusing adventures together, while eluding a posse and other random enemies.

There's not a lot of focus to the plot or much motivation for characters to turn up where and when they do--just what was achieved by the much-discussed trek to Carson City, anyway? But Chan's inventively staged battle sequences (particularly an early one in which he uses flexible, resilient trees to best some Crow Indians) are predictable highlights. You'll wish there were more to some of them, but as with his many of other films, you'll want them on video to watch in slow-motion to see how he pulls them off. And in a potentially star- making role, Wilson's loquacious, hyper-self-conscious meanderings--he's funny even when his lines aren't--make him seem less like a character than a very amusing deconstruction of one. Chan and Wilson are entertaining together, even though they're both off in their own little worlds. Think of it as Butch Cassidy and the Shanghai Kid, and you won't be too far off. --David Kronke

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary by Actor/Producer Jackie Chan, Actor Owen Wilson and Director Tom Dey
  • 7 Deleted Scenes, Including a Never-Before-Seen Special Effects Train Wreck Sequence
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes on the Film's Production, the Stunts, the Special Effects, Jackie Chan's Unique Comedic Style and More
  • Shanghai Surprise - Interactive Entertainment Experience
  • Action Overload - A fresh look at the film's most exciting action sequences
  • Uncle Kraker Music Video

Cast

Jackie ChanChon Wang
Owen WilsonRoy O'Bannon
Lucy LiuPrincess Pei Pei
Roger YuanLo Fong
Xander BerkeleyVan Cleef
Jason ConneryAndrews
Walton GogginsWallace
Simon BakerLittle Feather

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Tom Dey
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 26, 2000
    EuropeAug 25, 2000
    JapanAug 5, 2000
    AustraliaAug 10, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
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