The classic western gets a kick in the pants when an Imperial Guard travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo take on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.
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This is a Jackie Chan movie. Don't expect deep meditations on t he frailty of human existence. There's plenty of action as Jackie battles against the odds to save the princess--lots of great choreographed fight scenes. He teams up with wild west bandit Owen Wilson and the Sioux Indians. This film was done at a time when cultures could still meet, clash, and overcome their differences. Today, the project would likely be rejected because there are too many cultural stereotypes. So sit back and enjoy the fun while the film is still available. Owen Wilson is supposed to be very witty here, especially in the buddy scenes with Jackie Chan, but I thought they dragged. The real hero is the unnamed Indian wife.
Shanghai noon is a classic Jackie Chan movie in my opinion. It was made at a time when he had recently been introduced to US audiences and was looking for something a little more American-plot driven and mainstream. Enter Owen Wilson and a script that allows Jackie Chan to bring his signature- style, incredible kung fu and comedy in a more American style, buddy cop film. Owen Wilson plays a cowboy outlaw who can't shoot straight to save his life (unless it's a true miracle-but I don't want to spoil anything), but he has the brains and a big heart. Jackie Chan plays an Imperial guard whom practically begs to take the assignment of going to the US to bring back the Princess. The two meet in an unexpected way, and, well, you have to watch it to see the rest. The two have chemistry, which is not a surprise considering their personalities, and the film really helps bring out Jackie Chan's comedic style with a recognizable voice, face and the on-screen persona that is so well played my Owen Wilson. A little something new combined with something that American audiences are more used to seeing. It's a great idea and one that audiences gave their thumbs up to as well, being so successful they went on to make Shanghai Knights which was released just three years later. This movie pays homage to the wild west and American westerns while introducing a little of Asian history in the US and a hint of Chinese culture, too. I would suggest renting or buying it if you're a fan of Owen Wilson or Jackie Chan. It doesn't feature as many fight scenes as some of his other movies but the ones that are in there will make you smile. We watched it through Amazon on-demand using our TiVo Premiere and it worked great. No need to download this one as it streamed up in HD pretty quickly, a very nice surprise. Grab your PC, Mac or TV remote and a movie snack and we will see you in OK corral… At high noon, Shaghai Noon... to say "howdy, partner." Enjoy the show!
One of those movies you remembered to be so funny but are embarrassed now that you show your friends because the language is unnecessarily raunchy. Lighthearted and silly humor that teenagers giggle at but peppered with words you don't want them repeating.
Always liked Jackie Chan. Of course I never saw the first American venture into the movies. I liked his Asian made movies. This movie was great because he had more control over it and he had a greater understanding of what to do. This was a gift to my son, but we all liked it here.
Shanghai Noon is by far the best Jackie Chan movie made in the US. It is much more enjoyable than the over-rated Rush Hour. For me a large part of that is because I find Owen Wilson to be much more entertaining and amiable than the grating human cartoon, Chris Tucker. But even more than Tucker, the fight scenes are much closer to his Hong Kong films. Close but still not quite there. The action has all of Jackie's trademark acrobatics and fast editing. It seems to be slowed down a bit from Rumble In The Bronx, Supercop or any of his other HK films though. There is a great deal of chemistry between Jackie and Owen and a lot of that has to do with Jackie's Mr Nice Guy persona. You can't help but feel he's everybody's friend. The relationship of the two characters reminded me a lot of the Robert DeNiro/Charles Grodin relationship in Midnight Run. Owen Wilson is the footloose rouge trying to get the stiff uptight Chan to relax and take life as it comes. This is a fun buddy film that I would highly recommend.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2015
Silly? Yes. Fun for the whole family? Yes. Bonus-- your daughter well appreciate the strong female leads and your son will appreciate the humour. There are some sexual situations-- if you are concerned I would check a parent review age guideline website! Jackie Chan is amazing!
LOVED THIS MOVIE! Not surprising for a Jackie Chan film. The action was non-stop. The historical aspects were multi-faceted and thought provoking. The costumes and make-up were outstanding, the musical scores selected were perfect, and the locations were breathtaking. Jackie Chan never fails to amuse and amaze the viewer with his speed, stunts, and humorous nature.
This is one of my favourite Jackie Chan films, along with the 2nd one Shanghai Knights. The storyline is simple, chinese man hunts the kidnapped princess in the Wild West and encounters cowboy bandit and they become friends and help each other. I'll be honest, my husband hates it and it is very tongue in cheek in places but that is one of the reason's I love it! Would definitely recommend it if you like comedy and Jackie Chan!
Speedy and the Goodies , of course, get in lots of silly situations - which , of course they will succeed in beating the bad guys....golden olden `chase .n win' this good for youngsters - im 71 NOT IMPRESSED ....but at my age ..I thought annoying......this is .For young people
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2016
An entertaining and funny movie. Big effort by Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson to keep it going. OK to watch on a rainy day, I wish Owen WIlson, chose something different, he is a very talented actor, I saw him only once doing something really good, and that was it. I am sure kids will love this film.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood "Sunday movie" Funny and family friendly.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2014
Good movie, Its what I personaly like to call a "sunday movie" ....Somthing you expect to find on T.V. on a sunday afternoon that is suitable for the whole family to watch or atleast be around.(Its rated 12 but has no real violance or such in it....perhaps some of the comedy takes an older mind to grasp?)
As a massive Jackie Chan fan and disliking lots of his modern films this had all the hallmarks of another flop but in fact this one of his best. Jackie's fight scenes are up there with his best and Owen Wilson adds more laughs in this good well told story with great fight scenes.
I love this film. Okay, some say it isn't art and I concur it isn't art in the way that Mulholland Drive and The Godfather are. but they're a films to see because they are just great films. This is a film to see for fun. woth splendid action scenes plus an enjoyable cowboy teaches chinaman sequence it a must for any Jackie Chan fan. Though, as with any film I review I recommend you rent it first.
5.0 out of 5 starsLucy Liu as the Princess alone makes this worth buying .......
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 26, 2014
Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson in a great action-packed entertaining film with superb fight sequences and colourful plot. The settings of the Forbidden City and Imperial Guard are awesome .... Definitely worth a buy. Later sequeled by Shanghai Knights
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2014
I go back to this film every now and then when I don't want to have to think too hard about the plot and have a good laugh. If you like slapstick then I think you'll like this film. It's worth looking at the outtakes at the end too.