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Shanghai Knights

Shanghai Knights (2003)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 97 | Rotten: 51

A silly, anachronistic mess, but the pairing of Chan and Wilson makes the movie fun.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

A silly, anachronistic mess, but the pairing of Chan and Wilson makes the movie fun.



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East and West team up to take on bad guys in the British Empire in this sequel to the action comedy hit Shanghai Noon. Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), once an Imperial Guard in China, is now the Sheriff of Carson City, NV, while his onetime cohort, former train robber Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson), scrapes together a living writing dime novels based on his adventures and waiting tables in New York City. However, when Wang learns that his father was killed by bandits who broke into the Emperor's palace and


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Jul 15, 2003


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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (97) | Rotten (51) | DVD (30)

It's a merry surfeit, lofted by calisthenic wow above the usual level for late-era Jackie and Wilson's mellow-gold delivery.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Like an Abbott & Costello comedy, Shanghai Knights is truly dumb, sometimes inconsistent, but awfully funny.

February 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Knights will surely find an enthusiastic following before it gets to video.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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[A] mundane sequel.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Grand, undemanding entertainment.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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A desperately unfunny action comedy, mirthless not only in its effect on an audience but in its whole aura.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This innocent, sixties-style, big-budget comedy-romance-action-adventure romp is solid family entertainment that would make any self-respecting kid's jaw drop for a good two hours. [Blu-ray]

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Martial arts buddy sequel is exactly what you expect.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The Chan/Wilson chemistry that drove the first film and draws people back to this one hasn't lost any of its snap.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

You have to wonder when these lackluster Chan and Wilson vehicles will end.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The movie seems to have been made simply because these guys should get together again.

September 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

... The perfect throwaway entertainment for this time of year.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Formulaic to the point of distraction and saddled with one of the stupidest musical scores in recent memory.

September 14, 2003
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Of course Shanghai Knights is fluff, but it's entertaining fluff, and, like the westerns of yore, a nice way to pass a Saturday afternoon.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Divertida continuação de Bater ou Correr, mantém o bom humor e a leveza do original.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

...the endless, needless brawling gets old very fast.

July 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Instead of penning a funny action film, the screenwriters created a Mad-Lib filled with wink-wink instances where the two main characters run into historical bigwigs.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Shanghai Knights is the synthesis of the best of both Chan and Wilson's most recent buddy-pic efforts. . .

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source:

The film's strengths are still Jackie Chan's fascinatingly inventive fight sequences: extensions of the knockabout physical comedy of the great silent era.

April 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

it's hard to be completely bored during one of [Chan's] fight scenes. But at the same time, much of the magic seems to have faded.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

Lo, how the mighty have fallen. Great classic film homages, though.

March 6, 2003 Full Review

The problem is that they just aren't as funny as in the first film.

March 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

This time around, Chan and Wilson find their characters in London and all over the turn-of-the-century English countryside... trampling through history and literature, putting a spin on Jack the Ripper and others as well... Fans of the original "Shanghai

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

If you're looking for uninspired, redundant comedy, cable TV offers plenty of inexpensive alternatives.

February 21, 2003

I could complain that it's more of the same, but if it's not broke, I don't expect them to fix it.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

If you're gonna insist on making a distressingly formulaic sequel to a distressingly formulaic comedy, then this might be the way to go, by overstuffing it with so much nonsensical material that some of it is bound to charm through sheer willpower.

February 19, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Shanghai Knights

Everything Tom Dey got right with Shanghai Noon, David Dobkin gets wrong in Shanghai Knights. Apart from the ridiculous and embarrassing historical inaccuracies, Dobkin seems to rely heavily on stereotyping without thought for his audience. Talk about riding on the success of someone else's work. The martial art scenes are overdone and contrived, the 'Buddy' element is lost and the script is nothing short of terrible. There are quite a few telling deleted scenes in the end credits whereby you can see just how uncomfortable Owen Wilson is saying certain lines. It's not funny at all and is far from entertaining. Every scene is a poor copy from other, better films. Why is Aidan Gillen still cast as villains? Why does London look like Mexico? Why did you ruin what could have been a great franchise? It makes Rush Hour 3 look like a masterpiece!
July 24, 2014

Super Reviewer

David Dobkin goes British with Shanghai Knights.105 minutes of adventure, action, and comedy sums up this picture. On top of that, it does all three without fail. The story, while obnoxious, is full of references and entertainment value. There is never a dull moment as the story pushes forward and the comedy keeps coming.The action is highly stylized and a barrel of fun. The stunt work and usage of objects generate highly amusing fights. The background music during some of these segments is worthy of note as well.From time to time, Owen Wilson comes across as cheesy; however, he blends in with the style of the film. Jackie Chan does what he does best, and that is beat the living daylights out of people. Fann Wong, Donnie Yen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Aidan Gillen round out a solid cast of characters.Shanghai Knights succeeds in what it sets out to do, thus leading to a better than average action adventure.
October 31, 2013
JY Skacto

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June 12, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A tad disappointing but still good considering that Shanghai Noon was a lot of fun with great gags and action, this one is good but lacks the effectiveness of the first film. This sequel is still funny, with lots of good comic bits and the cast delivers. If you've enjoyed the first film, then you're sure to enjoy this film because of the fact that it kept most elements of the first film intact. Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan still have good chemistry and they are both very funny. As a sequel the film is pretty considering the fact that sequels are usually hit and miss. With Shanghai Knights, there's plenty to enjoy and is a good sequel that will most likely appeal to people who enjoyed the first. The film has effective comedy blended with good action that's really lots of fun. Shanghai Knights is a definite must see if you want something funny and entertaining. The best way you can view this film is pure entertainment. This is a film that really shouldn't be taken seriously, and despite the fact that it's imperfect, this is still very much a lot of fun from start to finish. Shanghai Knights is a good comedy that is supported by a good cast. I very much enjoyed the film, but is not as good as the first. However with every sequel that's to be expected. This is a fun film to watch, and like I said if you enjoyed the first, you're probably going to enjoy this one too. What made this film worth watching was the comedy that really stood out, and though not as good as the original, the film is still worth your time if you're in the mood for some silly entertainment.
March 30, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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