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Trying to catch up with Jackie Chan means moving fast - the Hong Kong star is 49 this month but there doesn't seem to be much slowing down in Shanghai Knights, the sequel to Shanghai Noon. It's the late 1800's, the time of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The irrepressible Jackie Chan reprises his role as Chon Wang whose estranged father is killed in Beijing in the opening scenes of the film when the British aristocrat Lord Rathbone, Aidan Gillan, 10th in line to the throne, seizes the Imperial Seal. Rathbone's done a deal with the Chinese Emperor's bastard brother so each will inherit their patch of the earth. Chan learns of his father's death in a package from his sister Lin, Fann Wong, and immediately quits his job as sheriff of Carson City to head off to London for vengeance where Lin is on Rathbone's trail. But first he has to call in on former sidekick Roy O'Bannon, Owen Wilson, who joins him on his quest. Jackie Chan has found his ideal partner in Owen Wilson who brings a contemporary surfie presence to his loquacious and grandstanding character. He is the key to the film's success as a comedy, Chan as always delivers his balletic tongue-in-cheek but nevertheless realistic action sequences with his usual mastery, with homages to Gene Kelly, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and the Keystone Cops. This film is unashamedly a crowd-pleaser but it seems to me that there is a genuine love of film and of entertainment in Shanghai Knights. I laughed alot with this film.

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