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Shanghai Noon (2000)

Shanghai Noon (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Although the plot is really nothing to brag about, Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson work well together. The cinematography looks great, and Jackie delivers a hilarious performance. This is an old-fashioned crowd-pleaser.

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The Wild West meets the Far East in a battle for honor, royalty and a trunk full of gold when acrobatic Imperial Guard Chong Wang comes to America to rescue a beautiful kidnapped Chinese princess. With the help of a partner he doesn't trust, a wife he doesn't want, a horse he cannot ride and martial arts moves that no one can believe, Chan finds himself facing the meanest gunslingers in the West.

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Cast

Jackie Chan
as Chon Wang
Owen Wilson
as Roy O'Bannon
Lucy Liu
as Princess Pei Pei
Brandon Merrill
as Indian Wife
Roger Yuan
as Lo Fong
Xander Berkeley
as Van Cleef
Rongguang Yu
as Imperial Guard
Guang Chu Rong
as Imperial Guard
Eric Chen
as Imperial Guard
Cui Ya Hi
as Imperial Guard
Eric Chi Cheng Chen
as Imperial Guard
Rafael Báez
as Vasquez
Stacy Grant
as Hooker in Distress
Russell Badger
as Sioux Chief
Henry O
as Royal Interpreter
Russel Badger
as Sioux Chief
Simon R. Baker
as Little Feather
Rick Ash
as Jedadiah
Cliff Solomon
as Medicine Man
Alan C. Peterson
as Saddle Rock Sheriff
Rad Daly
as Saddle Rock Deputy
Lee Jay Bamberry
as Van Cleef Deputy
Stephen Strachan
as Van Cleef Deputy
Tim Koetting
as Van Cleef Deputy
Valerie Planche
as Jedadiah's Wife
Tom Heaton
as Saloon Bartender
James Baker
as Saloon Gambler
Jim Sheild
as Saloon Gambler
Mike Mitchell
as Saloon Gambler
Shayne Wyler
as Saloon Gambler
Ben Salter
as Saddle Rock Townsperson
Terry W. King
as Saddle Rock Townsperson
Michele Fansett
as Saddle Rock Townsperson
Joyce Doolittle
as Carson City Townsperson
Andrew Krivanek
as Carson City Townsperson
Randy Birch
as Carson City Townsperson
Christopher Hunt
as Apothecary Shopkeeper
Eliza Murbach
as Dream Sequence Hooker
Kendall Saunders
as Dream Sequence Hooker
Jenafor Ryane
as Dream Sequence Hooker
Andrew Bosch
as Train Passenger
Christy Greene
as Train Passenger
Brian Gromoff
as Train Passenger
Jim Finkbeiner
as Train Passenger
Chang Tseng
as Pei Pei's Father
Sherman Chao
as Emperor's Cousin
Regent Or
as Emperor
John Heywood
as Saloon Cowboy
Harold Courchene
as Saloon Cowboy
George Exelby
as Saloon Cowboy
John Glawson
as Saloon Cowboy
Howard Rothschild
as Drunken Doctor
Michael Auger
as Member of Chief's Entourage
Stan Isadore
as Member of Chief's Entourage
Wacey Labelle
as Member of Chief's Entourage
Sam Simon
as Member of Chief's Entourage
Tong Lung
as Chinese Worker
Grace Lu
as Chinese Worker
Elise Lew
as Chinese Worker
May Louie
as Opera Performer
Yeung Kar Kut
as Opera Performer
Ted Lim
as Opera Performer
Tik Lun Wong
as Opera Performer
Kwai Chun Leung
as Opera Performer
Henry Louie
as Opera Performer
Jimmy Carver
as Bordello Doorman
Dallas Dorchester
as Blind Driver
Jason Glass
as Blind Driver
Lisa Stafford
as Blond On Train
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Noon

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (31)

Much of its strength comes from the central clash between Jackie's indomitable energy and Wilson's knowingly anachronistic cool, while lots of visual and verbal gags keep things whistling.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is almost Mel Brooks territory: The frontiersmen think the Chinese are Jews, while the white settlers think it's the Sioux who are. This is equal-opportunity nuttiness, and there's a method to it.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Shanghai Noon is, in classic western tradition, a celebration of male bonding, unabashedly juvenile, boyishly risqué and disarmingly sweet.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

For Chan, it's a step in the right direction, although he has yet to be given the opportunity to bring the full force of his charisma to bear on an English speaking audience.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Unstintingly funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Noon

Pretty good actioner cum ha-ha when a Chinese palace guard (Chan) ventures to the Old West to save a kidnapped princess (Liu). Wilson primary purpose is to hold the hands of the American audience to take us through this adventure ("don't be nervous, here's an American face to console you in the face of all these Chinese faces", which would be sort of an insult were it not grounded in so much truth), which is to say his role is entirely unnecessary. Moving right along, the film is a very different Western indeed. Chan interacts with some Indian tribes, for instance, some positively, some not (action ensues), and you don't see that much in any film, much less a Western. Then he meets the locals at a Wild West saloon (action ensues) all to ultimately address the touchy issue of forced Oriental labor for the railroads. Its a lot meatier than its action comedy roots. And the action, typical ala Chan, is inspired.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

Tom Dey merges the east and west into Shanghai Noon.

There is actually enough of a story to fill the 100 minutes of screen time. The pacing is never too slow nor too fast, although the film tends to drift every now and then to thrown in some comedic antics that do deliver some laughs.

The action is highly stylized and highly entertaining. The use of the environment and non-weaponized objects in the choreography does wonders to the martial arts sequences.

Despite the story taking place in Owen Wilson's territory, the film belongs to Jackie Chan. His facial expressions and line delivery equate to laughs. His stunt work is also a positive. Xander Berkeley turns out to be a solid cowboy, while Brandon Merrill and Lucy Liu provide the girl power.

Shanghai Noon excels as a comedic action western. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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