Shanghai Noon is a 2000 martial arts Western comedy film starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Lucy Liu. The first in the Shanghai film series and marking the directorial debut of Tom Dey, Shanghai Noon was written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
In 1881, Chon Wang – a homophone for John Wayne – is a Chinese Imperial Guard in the Forbidden City. After Princess Pei-Pei, aided by her foreign tutor, runs away to the United States, the Emperor of China sends three of his guards and the Royal Interpreter to retrieve her. Having failed to stop her escape, Wang insists on joining the mission. The Royal Interpreter, Wang's uncle, allows him to accompany the party, and the Captain of the Imperial Guards hopes the "foreign devils" will get rid of Wang. The party arrives in Nevada, where outlaw Roy O'Bannon and his gang hijack their train. Wallace, a new member of Roy's gang, kills Wang's uncle, and Wang, a skilled martial artist, fights off the gang before uncoupling the train cars and escaping on the engine. Wallace takes over the gang, leaving Roy buried up to his chin in the desert. Meanwhile, Pei-Pei, tricked into believing she was freely escaping her arranged marriage in China, learns she has been kidnapped by an agent of Lo Fong, a traitor who fled the Forbidden City.
|author||Alfred Gough Miles Millar|
|genre||action comedy western|
|keywords||arranged marriage arrest barroom brawl bell tower bordello bury carson city church crow crow nation emperor of china fall forbidden city guangxu emperor homophone imperial guard imperial guards brigade john wayne kidnap labor camp marshal martial artist nevada passionate kiss sioux sioux chief small town surround u.s. marshals want wound wyatt earp|
|producer||Gary Barber Jonathan Glickman Roger Birnbaum|
|productionCompany||Spyglass Entertainment Touchstone Pictures|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|theme||action comedy buddy buddy comedy kung fu martial arts trick|