Shanghai Noon


Shanghai Noon

Critics 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.


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
Cui Ya Hi
as Imperial Guard
Eric Chen
as Imperial Guard
Eric Chi Cheng Chen
as Imperial Guard
Rafael Báez
as Vasquez
Stacy Grant
as Hooker in Distress
Henry O
as Royal Interpreter
Russell Badger
as Sioux Chief
Russel Badger
as Sioux Chief
Simon R. Baker
as Little Feather
Rick Ash
as Jedadiah
Cliff Solomon
as Medicine Man
A.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 (32) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (28)

  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    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.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Shanghai Noon is, in classic western tradition, a celebration of male bonding, unabashedly juvenile, boyishly risqué and disarmingly sweet.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • If you see only one martial arts Western this year (and there is probably an excellent chance of that), this is the one.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unstintingly funny.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Noon

  • Aug 14, 2015
    Don't ask me why I decided to watch this movie last night, but I did. As far as Jackie Chan's US expedition, this might actually be one of the best, if not the best. I'd honestly have to watch the first Rush Hour to make that distinction. I'm not even bothering with Rush Hour 2 or 3, because it's obvious that those aren't any good, particularly Rush Hour 3. Anyway, this is clearly not one of Jackie's best as it relates to action or out of this world stunts, but it does offer a good alternative to that. With that said, I do think the film spends its sweet time getting to where Jackie and Owen team up with each other, but I still enjoyed everything leading up to that. I will say that, if you're watching on Netflix, and are using the English subtitles, there are lines of dialogue spoken in Mandarin and Sioux that will not be translated into English. So unless you know mandarin or Sioux, you will not understand what they're saying in any of these scenes. They do, however, show the translations if you used the Spanish subtitles instead of the English ones. Good thing I come from a Spanish-speaking island. But talk about annoying, it actually took me like 30 minutes before I figured this out. It's not like the first 30 minutes are all in Mandarin and Sioux, but there's still a good chunk of the film that people who only speak English will not be able to pick up on, unless Netflix fixes the English subtitles. Don't even know why I pointed that out, I guess it just really annoyed the shit out of me. With that said, it's not like I have much to say about this. It's an older movie that isn't really what you would call memorable. With that said, I did think Jackie's action scenes were probably closer to what he would actually do in Hong Kong than he managed to do on this side of the world. Not that Rush Hour didn't have some of that, but I just think there's more of it here. And there's some solid chemistry between Owen and Jackie, there's the usual, goofy banter and the growing respect between the two that have been cliches in these films forever, but I found it entertaining regardless. This is the type of movie that you'll see playing on your local cable channel at 6pm right before the primetime shows come on. It's something that might even be used as background noise. I've probably even used this film as background noise while I do something else, but it is a fun little movie. It's nothing special and, 15 years later, it's not like anyone actually remembers this. I still think this is a pretty good movie all things considered. I'd recommend it if you have Netflix, it's that type of movie. Fun stuff that's very easy to watch.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2012
    Owen Wilson & Jackie Chan are a well matched team and they have unlimited chemistry, it's sad they stopped this franchise after two films. The action is typical of Chan, not a bad thing at all but it's the setting that gets this film from becoming a generic mismatch buddy film. This film has not aged, unlike other tired buddy films over the years, the key to this success is the heart of the characters involved. I watched this with high hopes and it didn't let me down, I wasn't a giant fan when I watched it on release but it has crept into my movie collection. They should revisit this franchise considering both Wilson and Chan are lacking the clout they once had. Great film to share with a younger audience as well. 14-07-2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2012
    Shanghai Noon is a much more accomplished action comedy that Rush Hour, which is a horrible film, and with that said, Jackie Chain redeems himself with this one. This is one good comedy that is lots of fun from start to finish. The film has the right amount of action to go with the comedy to really make this film an entertaining ride. I'm usually not that into Jackie Chain, but on occasion he surprises me, and with Shanghai Noon he really delivers a good funny performance. If you want a great action comedy, then this is your film. Director Tom Dey directs a good cast and he has a good idea how to convey an effective action film with comedy. Of course Shanghai Noon isn't perfect, but this is the type of film that is far better than Rush Hour. The reason it's better is because you have a better cast, better director and better story. Also the comedy is better. This film is actually funny. I very much loved this film, and thought that Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan had really good chemistry on-screen that made the film much better than it was. I wasn't expecting anything good out of this film, but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a good, entertaining film that is sure to please people looking a fun action packed comedy. This is one of the better films to feature Jackie Chan. Shanghai Noon is great fun from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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