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Shanghai Knights (2003)

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.

Director:

David Dobkin

Writers:

Alfred Gough (characters), Miles Millar (characters) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Chan ... Chon Wang
Owen Wilson ... Roy O'Bannon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Charlie (as Aaron Johnson)
Tom Fisher 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 Jonathan Harvey ... Fagin #1
Richard Haas Richard Haas ... Street Preacher
Anna-Louise Plowman ... Debutante (as Anna Louise Plowman)
Georgina Chapman ... Debutante
John Owens ... Server
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Storyline

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 Yocke

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Royal Kick In The Arse


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Hong Kong

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

7 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shanghai Noon 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,352 (Hong Kong), 31 January 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,603,630, 9 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,476,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$88,323,487
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 thirty percent. See more »

Goofs

The shot of Buckingham Palace includes the Victoria Memorial in front of it, designed by Sir Thomas Brock in 1911. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chon Wang's Father: You are not permitted to gaze at the Imperial Seal.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes from the movie run during the ending credits. See more »

Connections

References Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

England Swings
Written by Roger Miller
Performed by Roger Miller
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Top notch
8 February 2003 | by TheRedneck2004See all my reviews

To be honest with you, I hate sequels to comedies. They're almost always rehashes.

But every so often, a diamond in the rough comes along. Shanghai Knights is a very fitting sequel. It has energy, unlike many other films the past few years, it has a very "Indiana Jones" style to it. Also different from other comedies: this movie has a plot. :O

The beginning is typical, someone steals something important to set things in motion. As a student of history I found all the little nods at history (Chaplin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle being main supporting characters, the Chinese Boxers) to be fun, while not always correct. But, when you go see an action comedy, you don't expect historical accuracy, right?

Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson have what most duos don't: chemistry. They work well together, and they play off each other. Wilson's rambling tirades about the differences between America and Britain, and his constant bashing of England are hilarious. The action pieces are top notch, and as I already mentioned, I was pleasantly surprised to find an actual story.

It started off as an action/drama film with a few gags in it, then develops into humor where you're not just amused, you chuckle, then as the film progresses you start laughing out loud. It gets funnier as it goes along, as well as becomes more dramatic.

A great film, immensely entertaining. I give it an eight, simply because it's no Star Wars, LOTR, or Gettysburg, but it's definately better than most of the junk floating around these days, and will most likely find it's way to my small DVD collection (devoid of comedies for the most part, DVDs are expensive, so I only buy movies I really really like, mostly three hour dramas. ;)).


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