Shanghai Noon

May 26th, 2000


Shanghai Noon

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Still of Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Brandon Merrill in Shanghai NoonStill of Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Brandon Merrill in Shanghai NoonLucy Liu at event of Shanghai NoonLucy Liu co-stars as Princess Pei PeiFido stars as Chon's horse that acts like a dog(l to r) Jackie Chan with co-producer Jules Daly and  producers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum

Jackie Chan plays a Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.5/10 (46,390 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Director: Tom Dey

Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu

A 19th century Western. Chon Wang is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O'Bannon, a small time robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another.

Writers: Miles Millar, Alfred Gough

Jackie Chan - Chon Wang
Owen Wilson - Roy O'Bannon
Lucy Liu - Princess Pei Pei
Brandon Merrill - Indian Wife
Roger Yuan - Lo Fong
Xander Berkeley - Van Cleef
Rongguang Yu - Imperial Guard (as Rong Guang Yu)
Ya Hi Cui - Imperial Guard (as Cui Ya Hi)
Eric Chen - Imperial Guard (as Eric Chi Cheng Chen)
Jason Connery - Andrews
Walton Goggins - Wallace
Adrien Dorval - Blue (as P. Adrien Dorval)
Rafael Báez - Vasquez
Stacy Grant - Hooker in Distress
Kate Luyben - Fifi

Taglines: The first kung-fu western ever

Release Date: 26 May 2000

Filming Locations: Alberta, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,647,065 (USA) (28 May 2000) (2711 Screens)

Gross: $99,274,467 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Chinese characters shown in the background during the opening credits are excerpts from a translation of "The Frog Prince".

Continuity: When Wang says, "The sun rises in the east, blah, blah, blah," O'Bannon's left arm changes from pointing at Wang to being in the tub in the next shot, and then in the next shot his arms and shoulders are further out again.

Wallace: Reach for the sky, O'Bannon, ha ha!
Roy O'Bannon: That's my line. He stole my gang, he's stealing my lines. It's unbelievable!

User Review

Successful and FUNNY melding of East and West

Rating: 7/10

Great fun!

Jackie Chan brings his brand of physical comedy to Hollywood with another buddy movie. Similar to his "Rush Hour" series with Chris Tucker, Chan sets this one in the American old west and chooses Owen Wilson as his partner.

I like these better than the Rush Hours. Tucker and Owen are both excellent playing opposite Chan in both series, but the Shanghai series seems to offer Jackie better venues for his elaborate fight sequences. Saloons, brothels and even wilderness settings are used with great success.

And make no mistake, the fight sequences are what make (or break) a Jackie Chan movie. "Fight sequence" of course means something different in a Chan movie as opposed to normal action fare. Rather than true violence, Jackie's fight scenes are more Vaudeville than "Pulp Fiction". More Chaplin than Jet Li. Each fight is painstakingly choreographed to interact with the set surrounding it. Tables, chairs, vases, antlers, shrubbery... the list goes on.

A successful Jackie Chan movie seems to contain a comedy-oriented story, a lightly delivered moral message, and lots of action. Shanghai Noon certainly delivers here.

I spent the entire movie either chuckling to myself or laughing out loud, and had a very satisfied smile when the credits rolled. Highly recommended.

7 out of 10.


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