Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights
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With a witty "fish out of water" story that pays homage to the great Westerns (from glossing "High Noon" to naming Chan a Chinese sound-alike for John Wayne) while playing havoc with the genre's conventions, and a great cast from both East and West (supporting standouts include HK martial arts actor Yu Rong-guan using an array of Chinese weaponry, American Roger Yuan playing an Imperial villain, and Xander Berkeley as an ethically challenged lawman), the film manages to be exciting, endearing, amusing, and really quite amazing.
"Shanghai Knights," while not as good a film, and with a lesser director, is still a worthy second outing. As with most sequels, there is a bit of reaching in order to unpin the happy ending of the first film and reunite the protagonists in a new adventure, but the lack of a more original and compelling script is made up for with some eye popping action (including two sequences that morph the classic bits of Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last" and Gene Kelly's "Singin' In The Rain" into brilliant Chan martial mayhem), and a battle with rival Hong Kong martial arts star Donnie Yen. Best of all, the odd couple chemistry of fast talking Owen Wilson and fast moving Jackie Chan remains a highlight. It'a a pity they didn't do more films together.Read more ›
Earning over $99 million in the box office, the film featured the filmmaking debut of Tom Dey ("Showtime", "Failure to Launch") and feature a screenplay written by writing duo Miles Millar and Alfred Gough ("Spider-Man 2″, "I Am Number Four", "Smallville").
The film featured an all-star cast with Jackie Chan ("Rush Hour" films, "The Karate Kid", "Shinjuku Incident"), Owen Wilson ("Midnight in Paris", "Wedding Crashers", "Cars" films), Lucy Liu ("Kill Bill: Vol. 1″, "Lucky Number Slevin", "Charlie's Angels"), Roger Yuan ("Batman Begins", "Skyfall", "Syriana") and Xander Berkeley ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day", "Air Force One", "Gattaca", "Taken").
With the success of "Shanghai Noon" in the box office, it would guarantee a sequel in 2003 titled "Shanghai Knights" but this time directed by David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers", "Fred Claus", "The Change-Up"). But bringing back both writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
"Shanghai Noon/Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection" is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1). Having owned both DVD's, picture quality for both films look amazing on Blu-ray! Colors are much more vibrant, the film doesn't look like it's nearly 14-years-old. Colors are vibrant and sharp outdoors, black levels are nice and deep. If anything, both films definitely looks much better in HD!
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"Shanghai Noon" and "Shanghai Knights" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, English and French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.Read more ›
Jackie Chan is my favorite actor and I like his moves and his karate.
Therefor I give five stars.
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This pairing is hilarious! Both movies are very funny & a great watch.Published 3 months ago by J.J.