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Shanghai Knights -- 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.

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A Royal Kick In The Arse
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jackie Chan ... Chon Wang

Owen Wilson ... Roy O'Bannon

Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Charlie Chaplin (as Aaron Johnson)
Tom Fisher ... Artie Doyle

Aidan Gillen ... Rathbone

Fann Wong ... Chon Lin

Donnie Yen ... Wu Chow

Oliver Cotton ... Jack the Ripper

Alison King ... Prostitute

Constantine Gregory ... The Mayor
Jonathan Harvey ... Fagin #1
Richard Haas ... Street Preacher

Anna-Louise Plowman ... Debutante (as Anna Louise Plowman)

Georgina Chapman ... Debutante

John Owens ... Server

Richard Bremmer ... Master at Arms

Kim Chan ... Chon Wang's Father (as Kim S. Chan)

Gemma Jones ... Queen Victoria

Eric Meyers ... Front Desk Clerk
Daisy Beaumont ... Cigarette Girl
Stephen Fisher ... Head Waiter
Matt Hill ... Deputy
Terry Howson ... Shotgun
Ryan James ... Waiter
Barry Stanton ... Lord Chancellor
Matthew Storey ... Fagin #2

Tom Wu ... Lead Boxer Liu

Vincent Wang ... Imperial Guard
Charlie G. Hawkins ... Newspaper Boy
Gerard Whelan ... Rathbone Guard
Rene Hajek ... Rathbone Guard #2 (as René Hajek)
Ho Ban Le ... Palace Guard (as Le Ho Ban)
Van Hai Bui ... Palace Guard
Vladimír Hrbek ... Old Man with Cane (as Vladimir Hrbek)
Jirí Mojzís ... Old Couple, Man (as Jiri Mojzis)
Marta Andresová ... Old Couple, Woman
David Listvan ... Palace Guard with Rifle (as David Listván)
Petra Jezková ... Toothless Flower Girl

Barbara Nedeljakova ... Debutante #3 (as Barbora Nedeljáková)
Eva Ruzicka ... Debutante #4
Hanka Scudlová ... Cleopatra Model (as Hanka Scudlova)
Hana Jouzová ... Harpist
Tom Klar ... Quartet (as Tom Klár)
Jan Petrik ... Quartet
Milolas Cech ... Quartet (as Milolás Cech)
Karel Urban ... Quartet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rob Freeman

Bradley James Allan ... Street Thug / Library Thug (uncredited)
Paul Andreovski ... England Policeman / Library Thug (uncredited)

Nigel Davenport ... Old Man (uncredited)
David Decio ... American Tourist (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Villager (uncredited)

James Embree ... Street Thug (uncredited)
Jun He ... Boxer Swordsman (uncredited)

Kelly-Marie Kerr ... Clara (uncredited)
Chung Chi Li ... Boxer Swordsman (uncredited)
Mirek Lux ... Random Guy in Pillow Fight (uncredited)
Mars ... Torch Thug on Boat (uncredited)
Hyun Jin Park ... Boxer Swordsman (uncredited)
Gang Wu ... Boxer Swordsman / Torch Thug on Boat (uncredited)

Directed by
David Dobkin 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alfred Gough (characters) &
Miles Millar (characters)

Alfred Gough (written by) &
Miles Millar (written by)

Produced by
Stephanie Austin .... executive producer
Gary Barber .... producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Jackie Chan .... executive producer
Willie Chan .... executive producer
Jonathan Glickman .... producer
Edward McDonnell .... executive producer
David Minkowski .... associate producer
Solon So .... executive producer
Matthew Stillman .... associate producer
Scott Thaler .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle 
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Campbell 
 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Donna Morong 
 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
 
Art Direction by
Giles Masters 
Tony Reading 
Jaromír Svarc 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbora Bucharova 
Peter Young 
 
Costume Design by
Anna B. Sheppard 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa Belyea .... first assistant makeup artist
Tricia Cameron .... key hair stylist
Fiona Connon .... makeup artist: Mr Wilson
Linda Eisenhamerova .... assistant makeup artist
Tania El Zahr .... second assistant makeup artist
Aileen Seaton .... key makeup artist
Hana Surkalova .... hair stylist: second unit
Jeanette Redmond .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tom Benz .... unit production manager: Alberta
Jeremy Johns .... production supervisor: London
Tom Karnowski .... unit production manager
Charles Rapp .... production supervisor: Spyglass Entertainment
Gary R. Wordham .... production supervisor
Scott Thaler .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Thomas Braun .... trainee assistant director: Calgary crew
Jan Chalupa .... third assistant director: Czech Republic
Jakub Dvorak .... second assistant director: second unit
E.J. Foerster .... second unit director
Helena Frankova .... second second assistant director: Czech Republic
Lorie Gibson .... trainee assistant director: Canada
Martina Götthansova .... third assistant director: second unit
Ben Howarth .... second assistant director: United Kingdom
Mirek Lux .... first assistant director: Czech Republic
Matt Maloney .... second assistant director: Canada (as Matthew Maloney)
Jan Mensík .... first assistant director: second unit
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director: United Kingdom (as Chris Newman)
Martin Sebik .... second assistant director: Czech Republic
Scott Thaler .... first assistant director
Kym Trowell .... third assistant director: Canada
Mike Valentine .... second unit director: underwater unit
Lenka Wimmerová .... third assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Bara Barova .... assistant to propmaster
Kate Biddell .... set dresser: Alberta
Alex Cameron .... assistant art director
Rob Cameron .... assistant set decorator
Marketa Dankova .... assistant set decorator
Bryony Foster .... set decorator: second unit
James Gemmill .... scenic artist
Pavel Hartmann .... leadman
Robert Hill .... chargehand stand-by
Jiri Hrubes .... assistant to production buyer
Jan Kodera .... leadman
Martin Kotouc .... props
Lukas Lehoucka .... stand-by props
Radek Lehoucka .... property buyer
Peter Liska .... set dresser
Jiri Macke .... buyer
Jiri Macke .... set dressing
Chris MacRae .... lead dresser
Petr Marousek .... set dresser
Duncan McDevitt .... modeller
Marketa Puzmanova .... art department coordinator
Mike Stallion .... assistant art director
Michal Svoboda .... storeman
Sophie Tarver .... propmaker
Gary Thomas .... storyboard artist
Martin Vackár .... assistant art director
Jack Garwood .... dressing props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carmen Baker .... co-supervising sound editor
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Jim Brookshire .... adr supervisor
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Tomas Cervenka .... second boom operator
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Tim Chau .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... supervising sound editor
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Di Franco .... adr editor
Linda Di Franco .... dialogue editor
Patrick Dodd .... additional adr editor
Simon Firsht .... boom operator
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Linda Folk .... dialogue editor
Petr Forejt .... production sound mixer: second unit
Albert Gasser .... dialogue editor
Albert Gasser .... sound effects editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
David Grimaldi .... sound effects editor
Randall Guth .... first assistant sound editor
Chris Ingram .... assistant sound editor
Nils C. Jensen .... co-supervising sound editor
Michael Jonascu .... sound effects editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Piero Mura .... foley editor
Ryan Murphy .... sound recordist
Bruce Tanis .... foley editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Dylan Voigt .... daily sound assistant
Ian Voigt .... production sound mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Kelly Coe .... fabricator
Garry Cooper .... special effects technician
Kevin Draycott .... special effects floor supervisor: second unit
David Ford .... senior special effects technician
Dan Frye .... special effects technician
Matthew Horton .... special effects technician
Barbora Kolarova .... special effects coordinator
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects mechanical supervisor (as Jem Lovett)
Wade Maurer .... special effects technician: Canada
Petr Nusek .... armour weapons/standby
Alan Poole .... special effects technician: Canada
Terry Schubert .... senior special effects technician: second unit
Roman Tudzaroff .... senior special effects technician (as Roman Tudgaroff)
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects floor supervisor
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
Leo Wieser .... special effects supervisor: Calgary Canada
 
Visual Effects by
Lizzie Bentley .... digital matte painter (as Elizabeth Bentley)
Lizzie Bentley .... matte painter
Ali Bernard .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Libi Bowles .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Simon Bunker .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Steve Caldwell .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Chas Cash .... 3D animator: Cinesite
Mike Castillo .... composite designer: Cinesite
Lee Chidwick .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Kirsty Clark .... digital compositor: Cinesite (as Kirsty Lamb)
Debra Coleman .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Laurent Cordier .... 3D animator: Cinesite
Shane Costar .... composite designer: Cinesite
Chetan Deshmukh .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Keith Devlin .... composite designer: Cinesite
Gavin Digby .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Harriet Donington .... development: Cinesite
Dennis Dorney .... digital and optical lineup: Custom Film Effects
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor: Custom Film Effects
Catherine Duncan .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
James Eggleton .... digital I/O: Cinesite
James Eisler .... 3D animator: Cinesite
James D. Etherington .... digital artist
Adam Gass .... digital and optical lineup: Custom Film Effects
Gavin Graham .... effects animator
Dan Harrod .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Simon Haslett .... composite designer: Cinesite
Katja Hollmann .... scanning and recording operator: Cinesite
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Dag Ivarsoy .... lead artist: Cinesite
Lorraine Johnson .... scanning and recording: Cinesite
Matt Johnson .... visual effects supervisor
Simon Johnson .... scanning and recording: Cinesite
Ilyas Kaduji .... digital effects artist
Ilyas Kaduji .... head of 3D effects
Ilyas Kaduji .... lead 3D computer animator: Cinesite
Mathias Larserud .... 3D animator: Cinesite
Phillip Leonhardt .... composite designer: Cinesite
John Lockwood .... composite designer: Cinesite
Charlie Lovett .... CG animator
Marian Mavrovic .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Lori Miller)
Jonathan Neill .... 3D animator: Cinesite
Donal Nolan .... digital compositor
Clare Norman .... visual effects line producer: Cinesite
Janet Ogletree .... assistant editor: visual effects
Stuart Pearson .... scanning and recording: Cinesite
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects (as Laurie Powers)
Mark Richardson .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Gillian Roberts .... development: Cinesite
Olivier Sarda .... composite designer: Cinesite
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera: Custom Film Effects
Jeremy Sawyer .... data operator
Susan Shin George .... producer: visual effects, Custom Film Effects
Alex Smith .... composite designer: Cinesite
Sarah Soulsby .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Steve Street .... head of 3D
Åsa Svedberg .... digital artist: Cinesite
Giuliano Dionisio Vigano .... digital compositor (as Giuliano Dionisio Vigano')
Tara Walker .... data operator
Karen Wand .... composite designer: Cinesite
Dan Warder .... digital I/O: Cinesite
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor
Amani Williams .... digital compositor: Custom Film Effects
Aviv Yaron .... 2D technical director: Cinesite
Christian Zeh .... digital compositor
Johan Åberg .... composite designer: Cinesite
Keith Barton .... technical services (uncredited)
Darren Christie .... digital artist (uncredited)
Martin R. Davison .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Paul Oakley .... digital artist (uncredited)
Paula Pope .... digital systems manager (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bradley James Allan .... action co-choreographer
Paul Andreovski .... stunts
Jackie Chan .... action choreographer
Steve M. Davison .... stunt coordinator
Jun He .... stunts
Han Guan Hua .... stunts (as Guanhua Han)
Shawn Kautz .... stunts
In Seob Lee .... stunts
Chung Chi Li .... action co-choreographer
Dimo Lipitkovsky .... stunts (as Dimo Liptkovsky)
Hyun Jin Park .... stunts (as Jung Jin Park)
Hyun-Jin Park .... stunts (as Hyung Jin Park)
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunt coordinator
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt double: Owen Wilson (as Jimmy Roberts)
Shawn Robinson .... stunts
Troy Robinson .... stunts
Gang Wu .... stunt performer
Hao Er Yu .... stunts
Bradley James Allan .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Bradley James Allan .... martial arts double: Donnie Yen (uncredited)
Bradley James Allan .... stunts (uncredited)
Pavel Bousek .... stunts (uncredited)
Radek Bruna .... stunt cast (uncredited)
Jackie Chan .... stunt actor (uncredited)
Jackie Chan .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
James Embree .... stunts (uncredited)
Jiri Horky .... stunts (uncredited)
Han Guan Hua .... additional stunt double: Jackie Chan (uncredited)
Dusan Hyska .... stunts (uncredited)
Blanka Jarosova .... stunts (uncredited)
Jindrich Klaus .... stunts (uncredited)
Miroslav Lhotka .... stunt double: Aidan Gillen (uncredited)
Ken Lo .... stunts (uncredited)
Jan Loukota .... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Manger .... horse master (uncredited)
Mars .... stunts (uncredited)
Jan Petrina .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Robert .... stunts (uncredited)
Pavel Vokoun .... horse master (uncredited)
Rudolf Vrba .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter White .... horse master (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrew Bako .... still photographer: Canada
Ashley Bond .... focus puller: second camera
Dean Brkic .... key rigging gaffer
Václav Cermak .... gaffer: second unit
Milan Chadima .... camera operator: second unit
Karel Charvat .... dolly grip: second unit
Kriz David .... electrician: second unit
Kevin Day .... gaffer
John Flemming .... key grip
Sandro Garcia .... video assist operator
Jiri Gazda .... key grip: second unit
Rasto Gore .... electrician
Ivo Gresak .... key rigging grip
Martin Grosup .... camera operator: second unit
Harvey Harrison .... director of photography: second unit
Ladislav Hruby .... first assistant camera: second unit
Dave Joshi .... digital video assist operator: Canada
Vaclav Kares .... camera loader: second unit
Petr Konrád .... gaffer
Michal Krbecek .... second assistant camera
Pavel Kurak .... second assistant additional camera: second unit
Clive Mackey .... assistant camera
Pat Miller .... rigging gaffer: UK
Philip Murphy .... grip
Stewart Nick .... video assist operator
Miroslav Pavlik .... camera trainee
Ben Perry .... assistant camera
Marek Radolf .... balloon technician
Jan Rehanzl .... best boy grip: second unit, Czech Republic
Jaromir Sedina .... Steadicam operator
Jaromir Sedina .... camera operator: "b" camera
Alex Soria .... video assist operator
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Martin Tichy .... electrician
Mike Valentine .... underwater director of photography
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Rick Youck .... best boy electric: Alberta
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Faith Allbeson .... casting assistant
Michelle Allen .... casting: Canada
Nancy Bishop .... casting: Czech Republic
Marcy Dichter .... extras casting
Deb Green .... casting associate: Alberta
Jirí Hrstka .... extras casting
Priscilla John .... casting: UK
Jim Renteria .... casting associate
Zdenek Vrubel .... assistant extras casting: cashier
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe supervisor
Jane Clive .... assistant costume designer
Peter Edmonds .... wardrobe assistant
Bela Friedlová .... wardrobe
Wendy Haffner .... costume supervisor: Canada
Maria Hubackova .... set costumer
Hana Kucerova .... costume supervisor: Czech Republic
Larisa Sramkova .... seamstress
Branislav Stredák .... wardrobe assistant
Jitka Svecova .... costumer
Petra Trachtmanova .... costume assistant
Mark Wyndham .... costume props
Sarka Zvolenska .... costume supervisor: second unit
Viera Zvonarova .... costumer: second unit
Tanya Aanderaa .... costume maker (uncredited)
Edwin Francis .... costume consultant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James A. Brewer .... first assistant editor
Richard Chew .... additional editor
Peggy Eghbalian .... assistant editor
Jeff Etcher .... first assistant film editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Andrew Haigh .... assistant editor
Mark Helfrich .... additional editor
Martin Hubacek .... assistant editor
Deidre Leonard .... assistant editor
Nadia Naimi .... assistant editor
Andrea Pugner .... assistant editor (as Andrea Pugnerová)
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... score engineer
Stuart Balcomb .... orchestrator
Christine Bergren .... music clearance
Randy Edelman .... conductor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Daryl B. Kell .... music editor (as Daryl Kell)
Mitchell Leib .... music consultant
Scott Schirle .... assistant music editor
Bruce White .... viola
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
 
Transportation Department
Jiri Husak .... transportation coordinator
Václav Kocman .... driver
Jiri Kotlas .... unit transportation coordinator
James Lockwood .... carriage driver (as Jim Lockwood)
Ondrej Modry .... driver
Pavel Voracek .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Ota Bares .... animal handler
J.B. Benna .... production assistant
Christian Black .... stand-in
Jessica Bouz .... production coordinator: second unit
Sam Breckman .... location manager
Karolina Cerna .... accounting assistant
Vladimir Chaloupka .... stand-in: Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan .... action choreographer
Jackie Chan .... action director
Jeffrey Chernov .... production executive
Hudson Cooley .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Eckelman .... assistant to owen wilson
Norman Edge .... head wrangler: Calgary
Danica Fleischerova .... assistant production coordinator (as Danica Matulayova)
Steve Fletcher .... tutor
Stephen French .... liaison: UK
Larry Garrison .... unit publicist
Greg Garthe .... assistant: Mr. Dobkin
Gary Gillingham .... production controller
Doug Green .... diving supervisor: underwater unit
Helen Gregory .... assistant coordinator: London
Emma Hepple .... horse master: London
Florenz Kee .... personal assistant: Fann Wong
Oliver Kersey .... set production assistant: dailies
Ali Keshavji .... floor runner: UK
Sarka Kindlova .... assistant accountant
Lucie Kozena .... production assistant
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Michael Lichtenegger .... assistant production coordinator
Gary Lowe .... assistant marine coordinator
William Loyd-Holmes .... set runner
Markéta Maková .... assistant location manager
James McLaren .... production runner
Rob Meisenholder .... first assistant accountant
James Mitchell-Clyde .... water safety (as James Mitchell Clyde)
Pavel Mrkous .... location manager
Tristan Murphy .... stand-in: Thomas Fisher
Hilde Odelga .... production coordinator
Geoff Palmer .... helicopter pilot: Calgary
Nada Pinter .... script supervisor
Lucie Pokorná .... assistant: Stephanie Austin
Rebecca Rae .... production assistant
Benjamin R. Reder .... production counsel
Lenka Rock .... production assistant
Stephan Rothman .... post-production accountant
Katryna Samut-Tagliaferro .... production coordinator: UK
Petr Skvor .... assistant location manager
Darryl Solly .... location manager: Alberta
Roman Spacil .... fencing coach
Roman Spacil .... sword master
Roman Spacil .... sword trainer
Petr Splichal .... location manager: second unit
Jan Strasik .... production assistant
Jiri Tichacek .... production accountant: Czech Republic
Goran Uljanic .... production assistant
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator (as Ransom Walrod)
Patricia A. Walrod .... assistant marine coordinator (as Patti Walrod)
Diana C. Weng .... dialogue coach: Mr. Chan
Lori Wyant .... script supervisor
John Yarmchuck .... production assistant
Chris Yen .... assistant: Donnie Yen
Garson Yu .... title designer
Peter Ziak .... assistant accountant
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
James O'Donnell .... safety diver: underwater unit (uncredited)
Robert E. Phillips .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tomas Rotnagl .... production coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Jesse Wagler .... production assistant: yU+Co. (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Christine Bergren .... special thanks
Ashley Kravitz .... special thanks
Billy Weber .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for action violence and sexual content
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Trivia:
Fann Wong trained for her stunts despite not having a martial arts background. She has a background in ballet, which helped to a certain extent.See more »
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Anachronisms: Blue flashes in the fireworks at the end. Firework makers could not make strong blue colors at the time.See more »
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Chon Wang's Father:You are not permitted to gaze at the Imperial Seal.
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Shanghai Knights: 7.5/10, 25 January 2003
Author: movieguy1021 (Movieguy1021@comcast.net) from Anywhere, USA

Fresh out after his box-office bomb The Tuxedo, Jackie Chan is back, again playing the role of Chon Wang. In this sequel to Shanghai Noon, Wang and Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson) are in different parts of the country: Chon in Nevada, Roy in New York. However, after Chon's father is killed by Lord Rathbone (Aidan Gillen), he must go to London to find Rathbone to avenge the death of the father. Along the way, Chon's sister Lin (Fann Wong) comes in. Guess who is smitten by her?

Another reason why Chon has to kill Rathbone is that he has a sacred Seal of the Emperor. That's just thrown in to make the plot make more sense. Mucho fight scenes and hilarity ensues.

Chan does better in buddy action comedies like this, instead of straight action. He's noted for using props around him in his fight scenes; this movie is no exception. Chan just takes any old prop he sees and does, what looks like, improv. It's hard to imagine all of these scenes choreographed perfectly; they seem so slipshod (in a good way). All of the fight scenes have Chan's usual charm and wit, you can't help but smile whenever he does seemingly impossible stunts.

Many of the characters were one-dimensional. Rathbone doesn't really have any depth, except that everyone likes him. However, in movies like this, you don't really need twists and turns. Lin's beautiful, but what is her background? Someone working for Rathbone has no depth whatsoever and just pops in. And, of course, there's the little pickpocket (Aaron Johnson) whose name is quite funny. He just comes and goes.

The opening credits were almost exactly like the ones for Shanghai Noon, with sweeps over Chinese letters. Something I enjoyed was how they incorporated famous figures, though a little bit goes a long way. About halfway through, it takes one of those obligatory buddy turns, where they end up hating each other. However, this time, the roles are reversed from Shanghai Noon and it lasts for about two minutes, which leaves you wondering why it was even put in. They took the cliché light-heartedly. At times, it did get heavy-handed (especially at the beginning), but managed to pull through.

The sets were very authentic. Unlike the first, where they could just use cheap facades, they had to create a whole new world, and they did so. You could really believe that the clan was in England. I also liked the transitions in between scenes. They were all `swishes', but as the movie progressed and got more `complex', so did the transitions, from going out on both sides to diagonal. It may seem rather juvenile to put it in, and even more so to mention it, but I thought they were quite cool.

I do wish, however, that they had spent more time in the West. If they had had more about the horse from the first one (also, whatever happened to Chon's wife, Falling Leaves?), it would have been better. However, it almost immediately left the West for the East. Like The Tuxedo, Chan allows himself to be pushed around and beaten.

Chan is great, as usual. He's a great diversion from the real life. He can make us believe that what is done can be done. Technically, he can, because he does his own stunts. Wilson is in top comedic form here, as usual, also. He's quickly becoming an item in Hollywood, and his name's getting out there. Then again, he did do I Spy.

I laughed a lot during Shanghai Knights. Many came from the fight scenes, and others were from Wilson's one-liners. I love how the writers can merge action and comedy seamlessly. I hope for a Shanghai Five, where they go to Hawaii, or some sequel, since this franchise is going somewhere.

My rating: 7.5/10

Rated PG-13 for action violence and sexual content.

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