Shanghai Noon was a funny witty comedy with an original setting and found a great comic pairing in Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan. The sequel, while not as slick or as amusing, is still a perfectly good way to spend an hour and a half of your time. The setting for the second film is England in 1897 and for the most part this works very well and provides some good comic set pieces.
Chan's father is killed for the Imperial seal, a large diamond which represents the Emperors power and which had been entrusted to the family to guard. Chan's sister is already on the trail of the killer so Chan heads for New York to team up with his buddy Wilson and get his share of the money from the first movie. However the money has been gambled away so the pair has to stow away on a liner to get to England. Once there they make friends with a young boy and a Police inspector and go on the trail of the killers.
Some of the comic set pieces are quite predictable, but many are genuinely funny such as Chan's singing in the rain fight and the Stonehenge gag. The fight scenes are put together well and some of the chorography is stunningly quick and funny. So this film is just not as funny or as slick as the original, but it has plenty to offer and is certainly not bad.
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