Shanghai Noon

Theatrical Release: May 26, 2000
Shanghai Noon


In this western spoof, Jackie Chan stars as Chinese Imperial Guard Chon Wang (yes, it does sound like John Wayne) who comes to America seeking to rescue the Forbidden City’s kidnapped Princess Pei Pei (Lucy Liu). With the help of a not-so-threatening outlaw (Owen Wilson), an Indian maiden (Brandon Merrill), and a horse who must certainly be a descendant of Kid Shelleen’s quirky mount in “Cat Ballou,” Chon finds himself facing the meanest gunslingers in the West.

Dove Review

Well-choreographed martial arts and some funny gags highlight this action comedy, which reminded me of the far superior Harrison Ford/Gene Wilder collaboration, “The Frisco Kid.” Why the profane use of God’s name was incorporated into this production beats me. Besides the religious objections, the harshness of its use doesn’t suit the tenor of the story. Why does the expression “God D—“ seem to enter nearly every production coming from Hollywoodland? We’ve all said things I’m sure we regret, but when we profane the name of God, a big no-no in His Word, and put it up on the screen to last forever, does it not say something about the character of the offender?

Content Description

Language: GD 2, Jesus 1, oh my God 1, S-word 4, SOB 4, expletives 4 – Sex: a scene takes place in a bordello, with the outlaw in bed with prostitutes; the lead wakes up in bed with an Indian maiden and is forced to marry her; sexy dialogue 3 – Drugs: smoking a peace pipe get everyone giddy, indicating that there is something stronger than tobacco in the pipe – Drinking: hey, cowboys drink red eye! – Violence: an old man is shot by bandits, a villain kills another man, while others are also killed by being hung or shot; and of course, there is a lot of kick suey


Company: Touchstone Pictures
Director: Tom Dey
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 110 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright