Shanghai NoonMay 26, 2000
Jackie Chan plays a Chinese man who travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 6.5/10 (46,390 voted)
Critic's Score: 77/100
Stars: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Lucy Liu
A 19th century Western. Chon Wang is a clumsy Imperial Guard to the Emperor of China. When Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped from the Forbidden City, Wang feels personally responsible and insists on joining the guards sent to rescue the Princess, who has been whisked away to the United States. In Nevada and hot on the trail of the kidnappers, Wang is separated from the group and soon finds himself an unlikely partner with Roy O'Bannon, a small time robber with delusions of grandeur. Together, the two forge onto one misadventure after another.
Writers: Miles Millar, Alfred Gough
Princess Pei Pei
(as Rong Guang Yu)
Ya Hi Cui
(as Cui Ya Hi)
(as Eric Chi Cheng Chen)
(as P. Adrien Dorval)
Hooker in Distress
The first kung-fu western ever
Release Date: 26 May 2000
Filming Locations: Alberta, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $19,647,065
(28 May 2000)
Did You Know?
The Chinese characters shown in the background during the opening credits are excerpts from a translation of "The Frog Prince".
When Wang says, "The sun rises in the east, blah, blah, blah," O'Bannon's left arm changes from pointing at Wang to being in the tub in the next shot, and then in the next shot his arms and shoulders are further out again.
Reach for the sky, O'Bannon, ha ha!
That's my line. He stole my gang, he's stealing my lines. It's unbelievable!
Successful and FUNNY melding of East and West
Jackie Chan brings his brand of physical comedy to Hollywood with another
buddy movie. Similar to his "Rush Hour" series with Chris Tucker, Chan sets
this one in the American old west and chooses Owen Wilson as his
I like these better than the Rush Hours. Tucker and Owen are both excellent
playing opposite Chan in both series, but the Shanghai series seems to offer
Jackie better venues for his elaborate fight sequences. Saloons, brothels
and even wilderness settings are used with great success.
And make no mistake, the fight sequences are what make (or break) a Jackie
Chan movie. "Fight sequence" of course means something different in a Chan
movie as opposed to normal action fare. Rather than true violence, Jackie's
fight scenes are more Vaudeville than "Pulp Fiction". More Chaplin than Jet
Li. Each fight is painstakingly choreographed to interact with the set
surrounding it. Tables, chairs, vases, antlers, shrubbery… the list goes
A successful Jackie Chan movie seems to contain a comedy-oriented story, a
lightly delivered moral message, and lots of action. Shanghai Noon
certainly delivers here.
I spent the entire movie either chuckling to myself or laughing out loud,
and had a very satisfied smile when the credits rolled. Highly
7 out of 10.