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Shanghai Express (1986)
"Foo gwai lit che" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Western  |  30 January 1986 (Hong Kong)
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Multi-genre flick (western, martial arts, comedy, adventure, etc.) with an all-star cast about a man who returns to his home town, buys everything in sight, and tries to improve its ... See full summary »

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Biao Yuen ...
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Rosamund Kwan ...
Chi
Kenny Bee ...
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Jook Bo
Richard Ng ...
Han
Lydia Shum ...
Han's Wife
Emily Chu ...
Pauline Yu-Huan Wang ...
Yu
Hoi-Lun Au ...
Siu Chuy
Ching-Ying Lam ...
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Hoi Mang ...
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Ma Wu ...
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Multi-genre flick (western, martial arts, comedy, adventure, etc.) with an all-star cast about a man who returns to his home town, buys everything in sight, and tries to improve its municipal (and his personal) profits by sabotaging a train so the passengers all have to stop in his town and spend lots o' money! Throw in various subplots involving some Japanese swordsmen, some bungling bankrobbers (one of whom is the head of security), and a gang of no-goods who try to mess up the town. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts combat and some shootings | See all certifications »
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In burnt rooftop somersault stunt scene, Yuen Biao was broken leg. See more »

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During the final big fight scene, one of the actors does a back flip off of a bar. Wires can be seen during a top view of the flip. See more »

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Silly, campy, amazing stunts, just bizarre
2 August 2000 | by (Somewhere out there...) – See all my reviews

This film would sit comfortably next to A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, The Great Train Robbery, every other Jackie Chan/Sammo flick, and then some. It's not as funny as it could be (the dubbed version, that is), but aside from that I have no complaints.

There is no time to develop character traits (aside from a few cliches), but this is a slapstick so that shouldn't really be expected. If you are familiar with the slapstick-martial arts genre, or if you simply love bizarre, zany movies, then I recommend it. If you're looking for a substantial plot with lots of characterization, find something else to curl up on the couch to.

It is exactly what it proclaims to be, a madcap Kung Fu western. But I doubt if you'll ever see a man jump without safety mats from a 4-story building (on fire, I might add) in any other film. Wow.


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