Most ‘Kung Fu’ movies are amusing, but that is primarily because of the bad dubbing from Cantonese into English on the soundtrack. Shanghai Express is different; it is designed as a comedy, and has a cast of increasingly unlikely characters that turn up. Pretty much this movie is The Keystone Cops meets Bruce Lee! It is a delightful and irreverent romp into the world of swords, sticks, and just about anything else that can be used as a weapon. There is high action, and plenty of it, combined with some very low ‘toilet’ humour. Although Cynthia Rothrock is mentioned on the front cover, she plays a relatively small role, the key to this movie is Sammo Hung, and how he managed to keep a straight face while making Shanghai Express is beyond me.

Normally in a movie review I would give a plot synopsis, and generally it works out to  ‘good v evil’. There are no good guys in this hilarious movie, they are all bad. Greedy barons of industry, ladies of the night, inept cops, and some sword wielding long haired samurai, a better combination I can not think of! Sammo Hung is the loveable rogue, he hits town with his ‘stable’ of classy hookers, and sets up shop. Of course everything goes downhill from this point.

In one particularly fine scene we have a cheating husband who is travelling by train with his really oppressive wife, and in order to meet his mistress must take a walk on the roof of the moving train to get to her, while taking this seemingly easy stroll he meets one of the gangsters going in the opposite direction. As if there was nothing strange in walking on the top of a moving train they exchange hellos. Funnier still is the fact that Mr Cheater has no problem navigating this unlikely pathway, while Mr Gangster is enjoying the roof top adventure about as much as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!

Even my co-reviewer (and wife) Jan was laughing, and she thought Martial Arts was something you saw in Alabama police stations, hung up on the walls!

If you are looking for a fun time Shanghai Express is it. Jan and I give this a two Nunchucks up!

Simon Barrett

http://zzsimonb.blogspot.com

 
 

Most ‘Kung Fu’ movies are funny, but that is primarily because of the bad dubbing of Cantonese into English on the soundtrack. Shanghai Express is different; it is designed as a comedy, and has a cast of increasingly unlikely characters that turn up. Pretty much this movie is The Keystone Cops meets Bruce Lee! It is a delightful and irreverent romp into the world of swords, sticks, and just about anything else that can be used as a weapon. There is high action, and plenty of it, combined with some very low ‘toilet’ humour. Although Cynthia Rothrock is mentioned on the front cover, she plays a relatively small role, the key to this movie is Sammo Hung, and how he managed to keep a straight face while making Shanghai Express is beyond me.

Normally in a movie review I would give a plot synopsis, and generally it works out to  ‘good v evil’. There are no good guys in this hilarious movie, they are all bad. Greedy barons of industry, ladies of the night, inept cops, and some sword wielding long haired samurai, a better combination I can not think of! Sammo Hung is the loveable rogue, he hits town with his ‘stable’ of classy hookers, and sets up shop. Of course everything goes downhill from this point.

In one particularly fine scene we have a cheating husband who is travelling by train with his really oppressive wife, and in order to meet his mistress must take a walk on the roof of the moving train to get to her, while taking this seemingly easy stroll he meets one of the gangsters going in the opposite direction. As if there was nothing strange in walking on the top of a moving train they exchange hellos. Funnier still is the fact that Mr Cheater has no problem navigating this unlikely pathway, while Mr Gangster is enjoying the roof top adventure about as much as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!

Even my co-reviewer (and wife) Jan was laughing, and she thought Martial Arts was something you saw in Alabama police stations, hung up on the walls!

If you are looking for a fun time Shanghai Express is it. Jan and I give this a two Nunchucks up!

Simon Barrett

http://zzsimonb.blogspot.com
 

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