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Shanghai Express (1986)

Foo gwai lit che (original title)
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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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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Action | Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts combat and some shootings | See all certifications »
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30 January 1986 (Hong Kong)  »

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A very tight shooting schedule demanded round-the-clock work from the cast and crew, who largely lived at the set throughout production. Cynthia Rothrock remembers being discouraged from sleeping because it would cause black circles around her eyes. 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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Crazy Brilliant!
30 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

It's a crazy movie, but awesome all the same. It's an incredibly visual story. The first time I saw it was a Cantonese version with no subtitles, but I still followed the whole story. The humour is also very visual and very funny! However, the stand out moment, ignoring the awesome battles running through the film, has to be Yuen Biao's flip from the top of a burning building. If you watch this film for no other reason, you have to see one of the greatest stunts ever committed to celluloid. Simple yet MAD! For fight fans there's the added bonus of seeing some of the all time greats of Far East Cinema battle it out on screen! SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!


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