SHANGHAI KNIGHTS

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Release Date: February 07, 2003

Starring: Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Aiden Gillen, Donnie Yen, Aaron Johnson, and Tom Fisher

Genre: Action Adventure/Martial Arts

Audience: Older children to
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is one
of the few sequels that is
actually better than the
original. Like the original,
however, there are some
inappropriate sexual jokes and
homosexual references, which
have earned the movie an
unnecessary PG-13 rating.
Apparently, Hollywood no
longer is interested in making
many G or PG movies, despite
the fact that G and PG movies,
especially if they're made
with care, humor and great
warmth, can earn more money
because they reach a broader
audience. Once again Jackie
Chan plays Chon Wang, who's
now sheriff of Carson City,
Nevada. Owen Wilson plays his
white friend, Roy, who's
supposed to be investing the
gold that they got in the
first movie, SHANGHAI NOON.
Chon, whom everyone calls John
Wayne in one of the movie's
many in-jokes, comes to Roy in
New York City wanting his
money. Chon needs the money to
get to England, where Chon's
sister is tracking down the
aristocratic Englishman who
killed their elderly father
and stole the Chinese
Emperor's seal that she and
their father were
guarding. Chon learns,
however, that Roy has spent a
lot of the money and invested
the rest in the Zeppelin
company, which builds large
helium balloons for air
travel. They make their way to
England anyway, where they
must rescue Chon's sister,
Lin, from Lord Rathbone's evil
plan to murder the royal
family, assume the English
throne and give the seal to
the Chinese Emperor's
illegitimate brother who's
helping Rathbone. Lots of
comedy and lots of action
follows, until the heroes
prevail. SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is,
perhaps, more funny and more
exciting than SHANGHAI NOON.
Jackie Chan again shows why
he's a master at martial arts
filmmaking, especially when
he's comically dodging swords
and clubs and other things, or
cleverly using the physical
objects surrounding him and
his pursuers. At one point,
when Jackie's using an
umbrella to fight off the bad
guys and maintain his balance
at the same time, the music
plays chords from dancer Gene
Kelly's famous "Singin' in the
Rain" number. This is an
absolutely perfect comparison
between these two great cinema
icons. Martial arts movies
have often been compared to
the elaborate choreography
created by dancers like Gene
Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bob
Fosse. SHANGHAI KNIGHTS also
makes some clever comparisons
between Jackie and Charlie
Chaplin. Though clever, these
comparisons are not so apt.
Jackie is more like that other
genius of silent comedy,
Buster Keaton. Keaton was
known more for his clever use
of physical objects than
Chaplin, as when Keaton uses
one log to remove another log
lying in front of a speeding
train in the classic Civil War
comedy, THE GENERAL. Owen
Wilson and his character, Roy,
are not so enjoyable in
SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, however. Roy
is an unreformed womanizer and
self-promoter who takes
advantage of Chon's character.
Roy also cruelly chastises a
small street urchin who causes
he and Chon some
trouble. Thus, while it's
always nice to see Jackie Chan
in action, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS
uses Roy's character to insert
some inappropriate,
gratuitous, unfunny sexual
comedy into the proceedings.
There are also about 15
obscenities and profanities in
this movie. Getting rid of
much, or even all, of these
negative elements, would have
made SHANGHAI KNIGHTS far more
appropriate for family
audiences, including older
children and young teens, many
of whom might like to see
something like this movie.
Consequently, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS
is liable to suffer the same
fate as its predecessor, which
made less than $60 million at
the box office. Therefore,
MOVIEGUIDEĀ® regrettably must
give SHANGHAI KNIGHTS an
extreme caution for teenagers
and adults, and only three
stars. Please address your
comments to: Michael Eisner,
Chairman/CEO Buena Vista
Distribution Co. (Walt Disney
Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood,
Miramax, & Touchstone
Pictures) Dick Cook,
Chairman Walt Disney
Pictures 500 South Buena Vista
Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818)
560-1000 Website:
www.disney.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 114 minutes

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Content:

(B, Pa, Ho, LL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Light moral worldview, including a plea to God for help, with some immoral pagan elements and a few homosexual jokes; 13 obscenities, one strong profanity, one light profanity, and a few crude double entendres; action violence such as martial arts fighting, leaping and falling, machine gun fire, young man fatally stabs elderly man, slapstick comedy, and sword fighting; sexual references such as waiter tries to bed rich young woman but is interrupted, pillow fight with prostitutes, man finds kama sutra sex book, man dreams woman is licking his face but it turns out to be a sheep, and a few homosexual jokes; female cleavage, women in old-fashioned underwear and men hold pillows in front of their private parts when someone bursts into room where they were having pillow fight with prostitutes; alcohol use; smoking; and, lying, stealing and treason.

GENRE: Action Adventure/Martial Arts

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Summary:

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS stars Jackie Chan as Chon Wang, who, with help from his friend Roy, played by Owen Wilson, must rescue Chon's sister, Lin, from an evil plan to take control of both the Throne of England and the Chinese imperial government. SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is one of the few sequels that is actually better than the original, but it still contains the same kind of inappropriate sexual humor that demands extreme caution for the older children and teenagers who might want to see it.

Review:

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is one of the few sequels that is actually better than the original. Like the original, however, there are some inappropriate sexual jokes and homosexual references, which have earned the movie an unnecessary PG-13 rating. Apparently, Hollywood no longer is interested in making many G or PG movies, despite the fact that G and PG movies, especially if they're made with care, humor and great warmth, can earn more money because they reach a broader audience.

Once again Jackie Chan plays Chon Wang, who's now sheriff of Carson City, Nevada. Owen Wilson plays his white friend, Roy, who's supposed to be investing the gold that they got in the first movie, SHANGHAI NOON. Chon, whom everyone calls John Wayne in one of the movie's many in-jokes, comes to Roy in New York City wanting his money. Chon needs the money to get to England, where Chon's sister is tracking down the aristocratic Englishman who killed their elderly father and stole the Chinese Emperor's seal that she and their father were guarding.

Chon learns, however, that Roy has spent a lot of the money and invested the rest in the Zeppelin company, which builds large helium balloons for air travel. They make their way to England anyway, where they must rescue Chon's sister, Lin, from Lord Rathbone's evil plan to murder the royal family, assume the English throne and give the seal to the Chinese Emperor's illegitimate brother who's helping Rathbone. Lots of comedy and lots of action follows, until the heroes prevail.

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is, perhaps, more funny and more exciting than SHANGHAI NOON. Jackie Chan again shows why he's a master at martial arts filmmaking, especially when he's comically dodging swords and clubs and other things, or cleverly using the physical objects surrounding him and his pursuers. At one point, when Jackie's using an umbrella to fight off the bad guys and maintain his balance at the same time, the music plays chords from dancer Gene Kelly's famous "Singin' in the Rain" number. This is an absolutely perfect comparison between these two great cinema icons. Martial arts movies have often been compared to the elaborate choreography created by dancers like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bob Fosse.

SHANGHAI KNIGHTS also makes some clever comparisons between Jackie and Charlie Chaplin. Though clever, these comparisons are not so apt. Jackie is more like that other genius of silent comedy, Buster Keaton. Keaton was known more for his clever use of physical objects than Chaplin, as when Keaton uses one log to remove another log lying in front of a speeding train in the classic Civil War comedy, THE GENERAL.

Owen Wilson and his character, Roy, are not so enjoyable in SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, however. Roy is an unreformed womanizer and self-promoter who takes advantage of Chon's character. Roy also cruelly chastises a small street urchin who causes he and Chon some trouble.

Thus, while it's always nice to see Jackie Chan in action, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS uses Roy's character to insert some inappropriate, gratuitous, unfunny sexual comedy into the proceedings. There are also about 15 obscenities and profanities in this movie. Getting rid of much, or even all, of these negative elements, would have made SHANGHAI KNIGHTS far more appropriate for family audiences, including older children and young teens, many of whom might like to see something like this movie. Consequently, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS is liable to suffer the same fate as its predecessor, which made less than $60 million at the box office. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDEĀ® regrettably must give SHANGHAI KNIGHTS an extreme caution for teenagers and adults, and only three stars.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

Dick Cook, Chairman

Walt Disney Pictures

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

Website: www.disney.com

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