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The Wild West meets the Far East in a battle for honor, royalty and a trunk full of gold when acrobatic Imperial Guard Chon Wang comes to American to rescue a beautiful kidnapped Chinese princess. With the help of a partner he doesn't trust, a wife he doesn't want, a horse he cannot ride and martial arts moves no one can believe, Chon finds himself facing the meanest gunslingers in the West.
Comedy Action Adventure - Shanghai Noon is a buddy action-comedy featuring popular
martial arts star Jackie Chan. Fans of Chan's films will enjoy his
likable persona and his extraordinary stunt work. Comedy fans will
probably enjoy the performance of Owen Wilson as Chan's partner. Some
older viewers may not enjoy some crude and drug-related humor, or
find the story too predictable.
PROFANITY: Moderately strong and moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: Scenes in a brothel, no explicit sex or nudity VIOLENCE: A murder, lots of fight sequences DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Scenes of drunkenness, drug use ACTION: Fight, chase scenes COMEDY: Lots of comic action, dialogue
Shanghai Noon looked like a disaster waiting to happen -- formula piled upon formula, cheap gag piled upon cheap gag, Jackie Chan in another buddy action-comedy. But thanks to Owen Wilson, it's almost possible to forget you're watching a formulaic buddy action comedy. Chan's ability to hold up his end of the buddy partnership is never in question; his stunt work is again in top form. Wilson's character, however, is a great, goofy comic creation as well. Chan and Wilson simply make Shanghai Noon
loads of fun.
When the lovely Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu) is kidnapped from China, the
Emperor dispatches three of his most fierce and noble Imperial Guards to deliver
the ransom in gold to her kidnappers in America's Wild West. Chon Wang (Jackie
Chan) isn't among the chosen. However, he manages to tag along anyway by
offering to carry the luggage for his uncle, the Interpreter.
Heading through the Nevada desert by train, the Imperial entourage is hijacked
by a motley crew of would-be train robbers calling themselves the Roy O'Bannon
gang. Their eponymous leader spends more time self-promoting than pulling the
heist. Some quick martial arts moves by Chon mean the thieves lose the loot, but
they also leave Chon alone in the desert.
In the meantime, because of the bungled train robbery, Roy (Owen Wilson) has
been abandoned by his former partners in crime and buried up to his neck in the
desert sand. He's to be a feast for a flock of ravenous vultures, a gathering of
which is already sampling the banquet.
through the wilderness, Chon serendipitously comes across the helpless Roy, who
begs to be extricated from his dire situation. Chon obliges by providing a set
of chopsticks and suggests Roy dig himself out -- no hands! As Chon continues
his journey, he takes on a party of Crow warriors to save a small Native
American boy and finds himself a hero with the boy's Sioux tribe. Fringe
benefits include a peace pipe smoke-up, a horse with some bizarre habits, and a
beautiful wife named Falling Leaves. When Chon sets off again to rescue the
princess, all but the peace pipe come with him.
An unexpected run-in with Roy in a saloon lands the two in jail. But upon
hearing that Chon's mission involves not only a beautiful princess but also a
trunk of gold coins, Roy becomes his new best friend. Chon engineers a brilliant
jailbreak and the unlikely partners head to Carson City, where they face brawls,
bordellos, treachery, and plenty of what Roy calls "crazy, girlie, kick-fightin'"
as East meets West in a battle for honor, royalty, and a fortune in gold.