Shanghai (film series)

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Shanghai Noon And Shanghai Knights.jpg
Collection of the first two films
Directed byTom Dey (1)
David Dobkin (2)
Jared Hess (3)
Produced byRoger Birnbaum
Gary Barber
Jonathan Glickman
Screenplay byAlfred Gough
Miles Millar
Aaron Buchsbaum (3)
Theodore Riley (3)
Based onCharacters
by Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
StarringJackie Chan
Owen Wilson
(See below)
Music byRandy Edelman
CinematographyDan Mindel (1)
Adrian Biddle (2)
Edited byRichard Chew (1)
Malcolm Campbell (2)
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
2000 – present
CountryUnited States
Budget$105 million
Box office$188 million

Shanghai is a series of action comedy films based on the characters written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. The series includes: Shanghai Noon (2000), Shanghai Knights (2003), and the upcoming Shanghai Dawn (TBA). It stars Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson as the Chinese Imperial guard Chon Wang and the American bandit Roy O'Bannon. The series combined has grossed $188 million.


Shanghai Noon (2000)[edit]

A Chinese man travels to the Wild West to rescue a kidnapped princess. After teaming up with a train robber, the unlikely duo takes on a Chinese traitor and his corrupt boss.

Shanghai Knights (2003)[edit]

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.

Shanghai Dawn (TBA)[edit]

A third film was meant to be produced under the title Shanghai Dawn. Plans for the film were posted on Jackie Chan's website, but after some news of casting and production plans, no film has been produced.[citation needed] While unconfirmed, it is speculated that the project has been halted indefinitely as there is no news nor release dates[citation needed] In a February 7, 2003, interview, Owen Wilson said: "We're talking about it maybe starting in Hollywood and then going from there to Africa or the Pyramids ... I feel like we have the freedom to take them anywhere in time we want."[citation needed]

On May 14, 2015, MGM announced that they are moving forward with Shanghai Dawn. Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Owen Wilson and Fann Wong are expected to reprise their roles as Chon Wang, Princess Pei-Pei, Roy O'Bannon and Chon Lin respectively.[1] In September 2016, Jared Hess signed on as director for the film while both Millar and Gough will develop a screen story with Theodore Riley and Aaron Buchsbaum writing the script for the film.[2][3]

Principal cast[edit]

Character Film
Shanghai Noon
Shanghai Knights
Chon Wang Jackie Chan
Roy O'Bannon Owen Wilson
Princess Pei-Pei Lucy Liu Mentioned only
Falling Leaves Brandon Merrill  
Marshal Nathan Van Cleef Xander Berkeley  
Lo Fong Roger Yuan  
Calvin Andrews Jason Connery  
Wallace Walton Goggins  
Chon Lin   Fann Wong
Lord Nelson Rathbone   Aidan Gillen
Wu Chow   Donnie Yen
Inspector Arthur "Artie" Doyle   Tom Fisher
Queen Victoria   Gemma Jones
Charlie Chaplin   Aaron Taylor-Johnson


Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Composer Editor Cinematographer
2000 Shanghai Noon Tom Dey Roger Birnbaum
Gary Barber
Jonathan Glickman
Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Randy Edelman Richard Chew Dan Mindel
2003 Shanghai Knights David Dobkin Malcolm Campbell Adrian Biddle
2021 Shanghai Dawn Jared Hess TBA Aaron Buchsbaum
Theodore Riley


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Shanghai Noon May 26, 2000 $15,607,034 $56,937,502 $42,336,965 $99,274,467 #1333 #485 $55,000,000 [4]
Shanghai Knights July 18, 2003 $19,603,630 $60,476,872 $27,846,615 $88,323,487 #1233 #545 $50,000,000 [5]
Total $117,414,374 $70,183,580 $187,597,954 $105,000,000

Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Shanghai Noon 79% (134 reviews)[6] 77 (30 reviews)[7] A-[8]
Shanghai Knights 66% (150 reviews)[9] 58 (33 reviews)[10] B+[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Perry, Spencer (2015-05-14). "MGM Moving Forward with Shanghai Dawn, Starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson". Retrieved 2015-07-08.
  2. ^ "Shanghai Dawn".
  3. ^ Kit, Borys (September 6, 2016). "'Napoleon Dynamite' Director Jared Hess Tackling 'Shanghai Noon' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Shanghai Noon". Box Office Mojo. September 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Shanghai Knights". Box Office Mojo. September 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Shanghai Noon". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  7. ^ "Shanghai Noon". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Cinemascore". Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Shanghai Knights". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved September 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Shanghai Knights". Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved September 16, 2014.