When a Chinese rebel murders Chon's estranged father and escapes to England, Chon and Roy make their way to London with revenge on their minds. Chon's sister, Lin, has the same idea, and uncovers a worldwide conspiracy to murder the royal family--but almost no one will believe her. With the help of a kindly Scotland Yard Inspector and a 10-year-old street urchin, the acrobatic Chon gives Victorian Britain a kick in the pants as he attempts to avenge his father's death--and keep the romance-minded Roy away from his sister.
In this rousing, cheerful sequel "Shanghai Knights," the former Imperial Guard Chon Wang (Jackie Chan) learns that his father has been killed while guarding the royal seal in the Forbidden City. When Chon gets the bad news, he quits his job as a small-town sheriff in the Old West and heads off to find the murderer. He heads to New York to find his fast-talking friend and helpless action sidekick from "Shanghai Noon," Roy O'Bannon (Owen Wilson). Currently down on his luck, Roy joins Chon as they make for Victorian England, where Chon has learned his papa's assassin is hiding. He also learns his sister, Lin (Fann Wong), is on the bloody trail, too. In genre terms, this time it's impersonal. — Elvis Mitchell
2003-02-07 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of Shanghai Knights