Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Chon's sister, Lin, has the same idea, and uncovers a worldwide conspiracy to murder the royal family but almost no one will believe her. Written by
There are several references to Sherlock Holmes in this movie. One of them is that the "bad guy" is named Lord Rathbone. Basil Rathbone was one of the first actors to play Sherlock Holmes in a movie. See more »
Lord Rathbone would not have had to kill 10 members of the Royal family, but at least 20 to gain the throne: The Prince of Wales, his sons Albert Victor and George; Prince Arthur and his son Arthur Jr.; Prince Alfred and his son Alfred Jr.; Prince Leopold's son Prince Charles; and the Princes Christian Victor and Albert (nephews of the queen). Because British royal rule is not salic (meaning passed down along the male line, but rather, through immediate family), following the deaths of these people each of Queen Victoria's 'untitled' daughters would assume the throne in turn; Princess Louise, Princess Helena, and finally Princess Beatrice. Had these people been killed, the crown would have passed on to the eldest daughter of the Prince of Wales, Victoria, and, following her death, about 11 of her cousins in succession. Rathbone would actually have been 21st in line; not far from Roy's '20th in line' jibe. See more »
The implied promise of a sequel is that it will give you what you got from the first movie, but that promise is often broken. Shanghai Knights is an exception, giving the audience that same mix of goofy dialogue and slapstick martial arts that made the first movie so much fun. This time the duo heads to England, allowing them to make a bunch of incredibly silly jokes about England and Sherlock Holmes and Charlie Chaplin. The movie is essentially one long wink, and if you like that sort of humor your likely to find much of it amusing. At times I thought they pushed the anachronistic dialogue a little too far, as when Owen asks the gorgeous Fann Wong if she works out, but overall it works pretty well. Chan supplies a number of very entertaining fight sequences along with his usual goofy charm and the end result feels like a more actiony version of a Hope/Crosby road movie.
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