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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.

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David Dobkin

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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

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A Royal Kick In The Arse


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At some points, Lord Rathbone (Aidan Gillen) and Wu Chow (Donnie Yen) 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.)" See more »

Goofs

When John and Roy are leaving on the steamship, a bridge can be seen on the left crossing over the Hudson River. A Hudson River crossing was not completed until 1931. 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 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Strategic Marketing Group
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Is Jackie Chan Heading for a Lifetime Achievement Oscar?
8 February 2003 | by lawprofSee all my reviews

Well, a Lifetime Achievement Oscar may be the only category that's open to the aging but impish martial arts virtuoso, Jackie Chan, whose latest series-sequel, "Shanghai Knights" is...excellent, fun, entertaining.

My kid got into Jackie Chan films a while back and we have a half-shelf of $5.99 videotapes of the young Chan. Poorly shot with howlingly funny dubbing they nonetheless catch a Kung-Fu master at the height of his considerable prowess.

Hollywood and Jackie's sincere but imperfect effort at learning English led to a series of films that are high budget such as "Rush Hour" with its sequel and "Shanghai Noon," now followed by this film. Each has a sidekick for the irrepresible Chan but "Shanghai Knights " is the first where the faithful companion is a strong character in his own right.

"Shanghai Knights" begins with the Peking (not Beijing, it's the end of the nineteenth century) murder of Chan's dad and the theft of the Imperial Seal (a device to mark documents, not a pet). Chan is a Nevada sheriff who upon learning of the homicide and theft sets off to New York City to find his pal, played formidably and with evident relish by Owen Wilson.

The duo head for London where an unending series of misadventures brings the heroes, along with Chan's gorgeous and martial arts-skilled sister (Fann Wong) into the path of such diverse characters as little Charlie Chaplin, Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Jack the Ripper and others. Of course all ends well and if the martial arts terpsichore is less breathtakingly complex than its predecessors - well, let's cut Jackie some slack.

The film is PG-13 but Wilson provides a measured but running dose of raunch aided by a bevy of scantily clad beauties. There's no doubt HE had a terrific time making the movie.

Director David Dobkin keeps the pace moving and pays humorous tribute to films and stars from the Gilded Age of the cinema. I won't spoil the amusing surprises but listen to the music as the intrepid trio (sister now a full-fledged partner) waft to and fro in a caricature of nineteenth century London. Sad to say most moviegoers won't recognize the well-executed takeoffs of some great moments in film.

As always, a special Chan treat are the outtakes before the end credits, scenes that prove making these films may not be good for the health of the no-longer-young star or his cast but they all have a blast (literally).

And here's good news for the many who will enjoy this movie. I don't know if there will be a "Rush Hour III" but last week I couldn't get within 150 feet of the venerable Yonah Schimmel's on the Lower East Side's Houston Street. Chan and crew were filming a sequel to this new release - a flunky stopping pedestrian traffic told me the title would be "Shanghai Knish!" I can't wait.

7/10.


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