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A 19th century Western. Chon Wang is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O'Bannon, a small time robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another. Written by
There is a brief scene where a pioneer couple watches from a distance while two of the Chinese railroad workers practice martial arts with large knives. The woman comments that "they don't look like injuns", and her husband replies that "they're not injuns, they're Jews!". This may be a reference to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) that the Native American peoples are actually the descendants of a lost tribe of Israel. See more »
When Wang and Roy are talking in the jail cell, Roy mentions "...your friends on the train?" to Chon, as if he knows about the other guards. However, Roy couldn't have known, because he never visited the caboose during the robbery. See more »
Often laugh out-loud funny, but it could have been better
This unpretentious comedy has wooden acting, a few very funny spots and great stunt fighting by Jackie Chan. This was my first Jackie Chan flick, and I enjoyed it enough to try another - probably the sequel, Shanghai Knights. Inclusion of puns is often a reliable indication that a comedy will be lame but the puns are good (Shanghai Noon? Chon Wang?) and the comedy is better. The movie fails to grab the audience for the first 15 or 20 minutes but then finds its stride and becomes more engaging. Many other reviewers comment on the chemistry between Chan and Owen Wilson (which gets better as the film progresses), but there is a total lack of chemistry between Liu and Chan. Indeed, the scenes with the most passion are the ones between Liu and bad guy Lo Fong (played by Roger Yuan). And Brandon Merrill sizzles, although no one in the film seems to notice. After about twenty minutes my wife said "everyone is just saying their lines." I did lower my rating for bad acting, but then gave extra credit for Chan's acrobatic, interactive fight choreography. The fight scenes are both funny and entertaining. I gave it a 6 out of 10.
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