Shanghai Knights [DVD] [2003]

Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan are at it again in this high-flying sequel to the surprise 2000 hit Shanghai Noon. Like the first film's release, Touchstone has once again delivered a grand DVD, with extras that will wet the whistle of any action devotee. The disc comes with a sharp widescreen 2.35:1 picture and is formatted for 16 x 9 televisions for all you lucky widescreen-TV owners. Sound options range from Dolby Digital 5.1 to a fantastic THX track; there is also an audio commentary with director David Dobkin along with another track with screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The extras really heat up with the sit-down interview with Dobkin and Chan about the fight choreography in the "Fight Manual" behind-the-scenes featurette. Considering his disappointment with the original Rush Hour's action scenes, these clips show Chan taking charge while working with the cast and crew, making sure each scene is not only entertaining, but also one that fits the story. Equally impressive are most of the 11 deleted scenes, with four of them fully uncut fight scenes which highlight more of the carefully choreographed exceptional martial arts footwork from Chan and others from the film (including Donnie Yen, who was poorly featured in the final cut). Also on the disc is "Action Overload," a compilation of some of the best clips from the film which have been sepia-toned and put to old-time music (which pretty much makes it a throwaway extra compared to the rest of the disc). With the majority of the features spotlighting the action, this disc should be a winner for old and new Jackie Chan fans alike.
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Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • "Fight Manual": Special documentary with Jackie Chan and director David Dobkin
  • "Action Overload": All the action, music video style
  • Audio commentary with David Dobkin
  • Audio commentary with writers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • French language track
  • Spanish subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Shanghai Knights
East and West team up to take on bad guys in the British Empire in this sequel to the action comedy hit Shanghai Noon. Chon Wang (Jackie Chan), once an Imperial Guard in China, is now the Sheriff of Carson City, NV, while his onetime cohort, former train robber Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson), scrapes together a living writing dime novels based on his adventures and waiting tables in New York City. However, when Wang learns that his father was killed by bandits who broke into the Emperor's palace and stole the Imperial Seal, he's determined to bring the criminals to justice. Wang's sister Lin (Fann Wong) has learned that the killers have escaped to London, so Wang travels to England to meet her, with O'Bannon in tow. As Wang and Lin -- whose martial arts skills rival those of her brother -- look for the culprits, they discover that Lord Rathbone (Aidan Gillen), who is looking to shorten his path of succession to the British throne, is in cahoots with Wu Chan (Donnie Yen), the bastard son of the Chinese Emperor's father, who needs the Imperial Seal as part of his plan to win control of the nation. As Wang and Lin try to get to the bottom of Chan's schemes, O'Bannon finds himself infatuated with his pal's sister. While set in Victorian London, Shanghai Knights was actually filmed on locations in the former Czech Republic, which more closely resembled turn-of-the-century England. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Owen Wilson
    Owen Wilson - Roy O'Bannon
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    Tom Fisher - Artie Doyle
  • Aidan Gillen
    Aidan Gillen - Lord Rathbone
  • Fann Wong
    Fann Wong - Chon Lin
  • Donnie Yen
    Donnie Yen - Wu Chan

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