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Shanghai Express (Special Collector's Edition)

4.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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(Martial Arts/Action) A FUN train heist adventure, featuring a cast of martial arts all-stars, about multiple cutthroat gangs plotting to rob the ultimate luxury locomotive and its wealthy passengers.

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  • Actors: Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Cynthia Rothrock
  • Directors: Sammo Hung
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000NVT0SY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1986), one of the greatest action comedies of Hong Kong cinema, is better known as MILLIONAIRES' EXPRESS and is finally out in a beautifully mastered DVD edition for U.S. fans under this alternate title (not to be confused with the Marlene Dietrich classic of the same name). Sammo Hung (EASTERN CONDORS) both stars and directs and his frequent partner, Yuen Biao (PRODIGAL SON), co-stars. (Their other frequent partner at the time, Jackie Chan, is nowhere to be found.) The plot involves a trainload of rich passengers forced to stay overnight in a remote Chinese town, all part of a scheme by the town's black sheep, Cheng (Hung), a fugitive from the law, to bring prosperity to the town. Meanwhile, a gang of armed bandits on horseback, having made plans to rob the train, now sets its sights on taking over the town and plundering it. Only Cheng, along with the town's provincial police force and a trio of Japanese martial artists who were on the train, can take the town back in a rousing 20-minute fight finale.

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.
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Many reviews had deterred me from purhasing this movie. Reviews that mentioned how few fight scenes there were and how boring it was. Perhaps it was the low expectations that made me enjoy the holy hell out of it! The cast alone makes this worth a view if you're a fan of old-school kung fu. Add to that some classic screwball comedy and MAGNIFICENT fights once they do arrive and you've got a winner. Directed by and starring the great Sammo Hung, this flick has more great fighters in it than possibly any other movie ever put together! To even attempt to name them all is just silly. Ironically this might be the only film that Hoi San Lee wasn't in!

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.
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This film is a typically wacky caper, more of interest for hardcore fans of The 3 Dragons: Sammo, Yuen Biao, and Jackie Chan. While it features some exceptional fighting in the last reel, any viewer not thoroughly steeped in HK films will have to work pretty hard to make it through the first 2/3rds of the movie.

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.
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