Friday, May 31 2013, 12:15 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights
Genre: Action, Comedy
Street Date: May 7, 2013
Available On: blu-ray
Synopsis: When a Chinese princess is kidnapped Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) is sent to America’s Wild West to rescue her. Along the way he meets Roy O’Bannon (Owen Wilson), a softhearted train robber, who helps Chon to take on the kidnappers.
For Shanghai Knights Chon and Roy head off to London to track down the man who killed Chon’s father.
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Multiple Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Music Video and Audio Commentaries
Recommendation: When it comes to Jackie Chan’s American franchises I’ve always preferred the Shanghai films to Rush Hour. While both series incorporate “fish out of water” and “buddy cop” elements as well as taking place in a variety of countries with diverse cultures. I’ve always felt that the teaming of Jackie Chan with Owen Wilson works far better than Chan’s partnership with Chris Tucker.
Shanghai Noon is the stronger of the two films as it combines western the genre with the comedic tone of Chan’s Hong Kong martial arts films. When the action shifts to London for Shanghai Knights the plotting gets a little too goofy for its own good as screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar try to connect Wang and O’Bannon with historical figures. It’s still a lot of fun, even if it is even more improbable than the first film.
-Ryan Michael Painter