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'Shanghai Knights'
(Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson / PG-13 / 97 mins / Touchstone)

Overview: This sequel to the successful Shanghai Noon reunites 19th-century imperial guard Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) and train robber Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson). The duo finds London calling when Wang's sister, Lin (Fann Wong), heads to England looking for the Chinese rebels who murdered their father. Chon and Roy follow and find themselves trying to foil a plot to murder the royal family. In addition to avenging his father's death, Chon must keep an eye on Roy, who wants to put the moves on Lin.

Verdict: To be quite honest, these two smart, happy movie stars prove that silliness doesn't have to be moronic! Surprisingly delightful this time the silliness is as contagious as it is outrageous and is easily the best recent English-language film Chan has done — which isn't saying much though! But then again, you could just cynically observe that 'Shanghai Knights' faithfully recreates the first film's mix-master melange of high energy pratfalls, cultural misunderstandings, self-referential gags and anachronistic music! I'd say that it's got success pretty much written all over it then!
Reviewed by Russell A. Trunk





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