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This film marks the first on-screen battle between Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen, who both have had success in Hong Kong but never fought each other on screen.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays a young boy who supposedly grows up to be the actor Charles Chaplin. The real Charlie Chaplin was born in 1889, two years after the movie is set (1887).
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.
Lord Rathbone in the movie is referred to as "the finest swordsman in England". Actor Basil Rathbone was the star of many swordplay films, and was considered the finest swordsman on the silver screen.
In the scene where Wang fights Rathbone's guards, they are constantly making sure that no priceless antique urns are broken. This is the same exact action by Jackie Chan's character in the climax of Rush Hour.
Artie Doyle looks nothing like the real Arthur Conan Doyle, who was a plump man with bushy mustache. However, Artie does possess a striking resemblance to Sherlock Holmes himself, especially according to the famous Sidney Paget's illustrations.
During the fight with the ruffians, Jackie falls into a coffin. The sign on the wall behind him reads "Sowerberry". Mr. Sowerberry is the funeral Director/Mortician from the book Oliver Twist. During this scene the first four notes of the theme to "The Addams Family" are heard.
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.
Music from Singin' in the Rain (1952) is heard during the fight with umbrellas.
When Chon Wang and Roy are crossing the street in London, Chon pulls Roy back before he is hit by horses pulling a carriage. Roy says "Hey, I'm walking here!" - a reference to Midnight Cowboy (1969).
When Chon Wang and Roy are entering the Jubilee party, the string quartet plays a uncredited baroque version of the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" (just before the piece by Boccherini).
Director David Dobkin had a difficult time choosing a suitable Asian actress who could do movement work, emote well and speak decent English. He then saw clips of Fann Wong's videos Wo lai ye (2001) and Qing she yu bai she (2001) and requested to audition her in London, which she did attend. She subsequently got the role and her number of scenes was increased by 30%.
When Artie Doyle tries to break the lock of Madame Tussaud's, Roy compares his work to that of a surgeon. This is probably a reference to the fact that the real Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician, even though in the movie he's a detective.
When Roy is fantasizing about his future family life, he mentions his kids' names as "Vera, Chuck, and Dave." These are the names of the grandchildren in Paul McCartney's fantasy from the Beatles song, "When I'm Sixty-Four".
The scene where Chon Wang gives Doyle Roy's watch to see what can be learned from it is a direct allusion to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Sign of Four" when Watson gives Holmes his watch to see what the great detective can induce from it.
At some points, Lord Rathbone and Wu Chow speak in iambic pentameter. Most notable is the stable scene: "I was taught to be neither seen nor heard/ Where is the seal? (I'm a man of my word.)"
When Chon Wang meets Roy at the Ritz, the music playing in the background is the music used as background music in The Little Rascals and other Hal Roach talkies; it is called "In My Canoe".
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The old man bouncing in the pillow fight scene is actually first assistant director Mirek Lux.
In the clock tower fight, Chon says "You go this way, I'll go that way." This is the same quote used in the popular Rush Hour series. Both films star Jackie Chan.
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The barge/tug on the river during the fireworks scene is named Resolve which was the name of an allied (British) rescue tug commissioned in 1918.
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Roy says to the English group after the street urchin steaks his watch that the English had lost a battle before and do they want to try again. Apparently Roy forgot about the war of 1812.
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As they approach the palace and the yeomen warders, the introduction to 'Winchester Cathedral' plays in the background.
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This film is the first English-language role and Hollywood debut for Fann Wong.
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David Dobkin was personally chosen by Jackie Chan.
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Alison King who played Carla Connor in Coronation Street (British TV Soap Opera), she did appear in the very short scene when Owen Wilson was in the bedroom and answered the door inside an adult building.
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