Shanghai Noon (2000)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jackie Chan Chon Wang
Eric Chen Imperial Guard
Walt Goggins Wallace
Lucy Liu Princess Pei Pei
Brandon Merrill Indian Wife
Xander R. Berkeley Van Cleef
Yu Rongguang Imperial Guard
Owen Wilson Roy O'Bannon
Cui Ya Hi Imperial Guard
Roger Yuan Lo Fong
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Comedy
Director Tom Dey
Producer Gary Barber; Roger Birnbaum
Writer Alfred Gough; Miles Millar
Studio Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 110 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
After the celluloid debacle known as Wild Wild West, moviegoers might be wary of a big-screen bonanza set in the Old West. However, Shanghai Noon breathes fresh air into the seemingly tired genre. It is an amalgamation of the Western, the buddy movie, and the kung-fu film in which "East-meets-Western." This effort marks the first time Chan is truly able to show his comic persona instead of being the kind of supporting player he was in Rush Hour. Chan is no longer the stern "Asian cop," but a very charming and charismatic hero with physical routines that rival those of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. While the film displays the usual arsenal of backflips and karate chops, Chan also loosens up for his American audience. His character gets high and drunk, and Chan even sleeps with a woman for the first time on film. Owen Wilson, meanwhile, proves once again that he has a unique gift for comic timing. As in the typical buddy movie, the unlikely duo serve both as perfect foils and perfect complements to each other. The result is a highly entertaining and surprisingly comic thrill-ride with some truly unforgettable moments — most notably during a Chinese drinking game that occurs in a bubble bath. The film also captures the look and feel of the Westerns of yore, packed with everything from saloon fights to high noon showdowns. The script cleverly pokes fun at these classic clichés, however, paying tribute to such spaghetti Westerns as Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. The average moviegoer will notice the obvious references (Jackie Chan plays a character name Chon Wang, often mistaken for John Wayne), while the Western devotee will have a field day trying to find the more obscure Wild West homages. — Adam Goldberg
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 245
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 717951010605
Chapters 28
Release Date 5/27/2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Audio Commentary by Actor/Producer Jackie Chan, Actor Owen Wilson and Director Tom Dey
7 Deleted Scenes, Including a Never-Before-Seen Special Effects Train Wreck Sequence
Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes on the Film's Production, the Stunts, the Special Effects, Jackie Chan's Unique Comedic Style and More
Shanghai Surprise - Interactive Entertainment Experience
Action Overload - A fresh look at the film's most exciting action sequences
Uncle Kraker Music Video