Shanghai Express (Special Collector's Edition)
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There are multiple characters and numerous plot threads established early on. Classic farce comedy elements abound, including a philandering train passenger who must divide his time between his oversized wife and his mistress, leading to a hilarious scene at the hotel in town where numerous parties, including some bumbling gangsters, converge on the wrong room and keep having to hide under beds and in closets as different characters come in and out. Among the great Hong Kong comic performers on hand are Richard Ng, Lydia Shum, Fan Mei-sheng and Eric Tsang.Read more ›
Sammo stars as Chin Fong Tin, a perpetual screw-up and outlaw who decides to sabotage a train and dump off its passengers in a plot to earn some revenue for the town he grew up in. A town he recently populated with his band of loyal prostitutes! Well, they do make money. The train isn't exactly filled with average tourists. 3 Japanese fighters (who are so cool they should really have their own movie) have stolen some kind of scroll and most of the people on the train are trying to get it back. Tons of ememies will have to come together to fight off a HUGE group of bandits who were following the train and take over the town.
Other than a great fight between Sammo and Yuen Biao, the film offers little action until the final third. A final third that in my opinion is well worth waiting for. Some one-on-ones worth mentioning: Sammo vs Cynthia Rothrock; Yuen Biao vs Dick Wei (who fought Biao, Sammo, and Jackie Chan in tons of films of this era, including all 3 at once in Chan's "Project A"); and my personal favorite, the all-too-brief brawl between Yasuaki Kurata and Richard Norton.Read more ›
This movie tosses in everything but the kitchen sink. Slapstick and broad physical comedy is the main focus. The filmmakers just went crazy with all the characters, situations, and plot elements: a Wild West town in China, Samurai, Wong Fei Hung, Confederate soldiers, bank robbers, train robbers, jail breaks, fat jokes, a Madam her and prostitutes, a Keystone Cops-style fire fighting caper with Jackie-Chan-esque stunts, and an enormous cast featuring at least half the actors in Hong Kong (including Lau Kar Leung, Jimmy Wang Yu and Corey Yuen Kwai to name three out of dozens!)--and none of it makes any sense whatsoever. A lot of the humor is less than childish and will simply fall flat on most western audiences, unless you are really sensitized to this particular genre.
A lot of the humor is lost through the subtitle massacre that is perpetrated here. I'm assuming the producers of the DVD simply re-typed in bolder face the original British-mandated subtitles that every HK movie was required to be released with back when the movie was originally made. You'll have to work really hard to even come close to figuring out what the characters are saying, let alone get the jokes.
The plot is almost non-existent, and it doesn't take a genius to guess where it is all headed: a giant battle in which the huge and unwieldy cast comes together to beat the tar out of each other.Read more ›
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This movie was okay. It was not worth the price. I expected better from this two stars. Not your fought. The disc was in good shape though.Published 7 months ago by christian thompson
A very nice edition of a terrific film. It's about three minutes shorter than the version I have on VHS, but it has great picture and sound quality and even some nice extras.Published 14 months ago by Mark Wojcik
This star-studded movie features martial arts superstars, Samo Hung and Yuen Biao as well as renown martial arts masters from America - namely Cynthia Rothrock and Richard Norton,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hwang
A great Kung fu comedy. Great stars, great action, and great extras on the dvds. If you like other Sammo Hung movies and you don't already have this one I recommend that you get... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eric Barksdale
Jackie Chan wrote that Yuen Biao had more talent than either he or Sammo. Unfortunately, the only times he's been able to display it is when he's been in projects with them, and... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Arthur W. Scholbe
This is a must see film of a turn of events and the karate choreography is astounding and shockingly breath-taking! Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Jerry Stokes Jr.
I was young the first time I saw this film. I remembered it being much more funny, but it was still good. I consider this a must-own for comedy martial arts enthusiasts. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Matthew R. Lilly
One of the best Sammo Hung movies!! It's loads of fun just picking out all the actors that this movie is filled with.Published on July 7, 2011 by Sandra
A masterpiece. Not a movie you skip to the fight scenes watching. You'll watch it front to back every time. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by jaon reno