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Shanghai Express [Import]

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  • Actors: Sammo Hung, Biao Yuen, Cynthia Rothrock
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Dragon Dynasty
  • Release Date: May 29 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000NVT0SY
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I really enjoyed the film. A lot of different, well-known marshal-art fighter showed their extraordinary skill in this kind of fighting. On the other side they are really good actors and actresses. The film is worthy to see.
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Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao are great together as always.

This movie has a fun story and a great cast of
actors/martial artists.

The action is awesome because the action
director is Sammo himself.

If your a Sammo fan you need to add this one to
your collection.
Here are a few of his best you should look for.
The Prodigal Son
Eastern Condors
The Iron Fisted Monk
Warriors Two
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a978f4) out of 5 stars All-star cast in sprawling kung fu comedy Jan. 27 2008
By Brian Camp - Published on
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SHANGHAI EXPRESS (1986), one of the greatest action comedies of Hong Kong cinema, is better known as MILLIONAIRES' EXPRESS and is finally out in a beautifully mastered DVD edition for U.S. fans under this alternate title (not to be confused with the Marlene Dietrich classic of the same name). Sammo Hung (EASTERN CONDORS) both stars and directs and his frequent partner, Yuen Biao (PRODIGAL SON), co-stars. (Their other frequent partner at the time, Jackie Chan, is nowhere to be found.) The plot involves a trainload of rich passengers forced to stay overnight in a remote Chinese town, all part of a scheme by the town's black sheep, Cheng (Hung), a fugitive from the law, to bring prosperity to the town. Meanwhile, a gang of armed bandits on horseback, having made plans to rob the train, now sets its sights on taking over the town and plundering it. Only Cheng, along with the town's provincial police force and a trio of Japanese martial artists who were on the train, can take the town back in a rousing 20-minute fight finale.

There are multiple characters and numerous plot threads established early on. Classic farce comedy elements abound, including a philandering train passenger who must divide his time between his oversized wife and his mistress, leading to a hilarious scene at the hotel in town where numerous parties, including some bumbling gangsters, converge on the wrong room and keep having to hide under beds and in closets as different characters come in and out. Among the great Hong Kong comic performers on hand are Richard Ng, Lydia Shum, Fan Mei-sheng and Eric Tsang.

The real draw for martial arts fans is the large cast of international stars in the cast: American karate champ Cynthia Rothrock, in only her second film; Australian Richard Norton; Korean Hwang Jang Li (as one of the Japanese); and two Japanese stars who made their names in HK films, Yasuaki Kurata (FIST OF LEGEND) and Yukari Oshima (IRON ANGELS). In addition, there is a dazzling array of old-school kung fu talent on hand, including Jimmy Wang Yu, Phillip Ko, Wang Lung Wei, Lau Kar Wing, Bolo Yeung, Hsiao Hou, Corey Yuen, Dick Wei and Shih Kien (Han from ENTER THE DRAGON), in addition, of course, to two of the greatest, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

The film was shot in Thailand, Canada, and Hong Kong (where the town set was built). If I have any complaint it's that the film is too short. The final action could easily have been extended and we learn from one of the disc's extras that many scenes were shot with numerous other Hong Kong stars but weren't used in the final cut. I'd love to see those.

The disc offers an English dub, as well as the preferred original Cantonese language track with subtitles. It comes with three new and informative interviews with Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Cynthia Rothrock, as well as audio commentary by Hong Kong film expert Bey Logan. Also, there are four deleted scenes provided as an extra, one about 5 minutes long and the other three adding up to about a minute and forty seconds total. I have an earlier Hong Kong import disc of the film that includes all four of the "deleted" scenes but in an otherwise shorter (96 minute) version of the film, meaning that the 102-minute cut on this disc has 12 minutes of footage missing from my earlier disc.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a97948) out of 5 stars The "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" of Kung Fu flicks! Jan. 8 2011
By Mantis - Published on
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Many reviews had deterred me from purhasing this movie. Reviews that mentioned how few fight scenes there were and how boring it was. Perhaps it was the low expectations that made me enjoy the holy hell out of it! The cast alone makes this worth a view if you're a fan of old-school kung fu. Add to that some classic screwball comedy and MAGNIFICENT fights once they do arrive and you've got a winner. Directed by and starring the great Sammo Hung, this flick has more great fighters in it than possibly any other movie ever put together! To even attempt to name them all is just silly. Ironically this might be the only film that Hoi San Lee wasn't in!

Sammo stars as Chin Fong Tin, a perpetual screw-up and outlaw who decides to sabotage a train and dump off its passengers in a plot to earn some revenue for the town he grew up in. A town he recently populated with his band of loyal prostitutes! Well, they do make money. The train isn't exactly filled with average tourists. 3 Japanese fighters (who are so cool they should really have their own movie) have stolen some kind of scroll and most of the people on the train are trying to get it back. Tons of ememies will have to come together to fight off a HUGE group of bandits who were following the train and take over the town.

Other than a great fight between Sammo and Yuen Biao, the film offers little action until the final third. A final third that in my opinion is well worth waiting for. Some one-on-ones worth mentioning: Sammo vs Cynthia Rothrock; Yuen Biao vs Dick Wei (who fought Biao, Sammo, and Jackie Chan in tons of films of this era, including all 3 at once in Chan's "Project A"); and my personal favorite, the all-too-brief brawl between Yasuaki Kurata and Richard Norton. I am not familiar with the particular style that Kurata uses but it's mesmerizing! It deserves its own flick. If someone knows what it is, please tell me and I'll write one myself! Besides Kurata, the other two Japanese thieves are played by the great Korean super-kicker Hwang Jang Lee and the lovely Oshima Yukari, whom I've never seen before but is fantastic.

Dragon Dynasty's release is fantastic as usual. Nice widescreen presentation. If you don't recognize a lot of the cast members, Bey Logan's commentary will help significantly. This item is not listed on Dragon Dynasty's website anymore so if this sounds interesting you may not want to hesitate. In Cantonese with English subtitles or English dubbed. If you love kung fu and count patience as a virtue then this is highly recommended.

1986. aka: The Millionaires' Express
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a97d38) out of 5 stars Wacky Kung-Fu comedy for serious HK fans only. June 1 2009
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This film is a typically wacky caper, more of interest for hardcore fans of The 3 Dragons: Sammo, Yuen Biao, and Jackie Chan. While it features some exceptional fighting in the last reel, any viewer not thoroughly steeped in HK films will have to work pretty hard to make it through the first 2/3rds of the movie.

This movie tosses in everything but the kitchen sink. Slapstick and broad physical comedy is the main focus. The filmmakers just went crazy with all the characters, situations, and plot elements: a Wild West town in China, Samurai, Wong Fei Hung, Confederate soldiers, bank robbers, train robbers, jail breaks, fat jokes, a Madam her and prostitutes, a Keystone Cops-style fire fighting caper with Jackie-Chan-esque stunts, and an enormous cast featuring at least half the actors in Hong Kong (including Lau Kar Leung, Jimmy Wang Yu and Corey Yuen Kwai to name three out of dozens!)--and none of it makes any sense whatsoever. A lot of the humor is less than childish and will simply fall flat on most western audiences, unless you are really sensitized to this particular genre.

A lot of the humor is lost through the subtitle massacre that is perpetrated here. I'm assuming the producers of the DVD simply re-typed in bolder face the original British-mandated subtitles that every HK movie was required to be released with back when the movie was originally made. You'll have to work really hard to even come close to figuring out what the characters are saying, let alone get the jokes.

The plot is almost non-existent, and it doesn't take a genius to guess where it is all headed: a giant battle in which the huge and unwieldy cast comes together to beat the tar out of each other. There is some pretty impressive fighting, including a good showdown between Sammo and Cynthia Rothrock. Unfortunately, this show-stopping melee is over all too quickly, leaving the viewer with an appetite whetted for better movies featuring these same actors.

Why did I give this movie 4 stars then? For the true HK film lover, this movie shouldn't be missed. Just seeing all these actors jammed into the same picture is a treat. You can spot about 50 of the best known film people in Hong Kong at the time, and they seen to be having a blast working together. The fight between Rothrock and Sammo, Biao and Sammo, Richard Norton vs 3 samurai, the Lucky Stars gang pulling their usual pranks, the scene with a young Wong Fei Hung and his dad, are all treasures of a particular time and place and an era of film making history that will always have a very special spot in the hearts of the fans. The extras are very well done, including an illuminating interview with Cynthia Rothrock, and typically fascinating commentary by Bey Logan, which alone is of interest to the fans.

In short, for the hardcore fans of this era of HK movies, this is a worthwhile and highly amusing artifact. For most normal people, I'd think twice before attempting to make sense of this mess!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a97d20) out of 5 stars great fun Jan. 19 2013
By Arthur W. Scholbe - Published on
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Jackie Chan wrote that Yuen Biao had more talent than either he or Sammo. Unfortunately, the only times he's been able to display it is when he's been in projects with them, and in this one he gets a chance to shine. In Shanghai Express Sammo Hung has created a movie with a lot of humor and great fight choreography that shows off the talents of all the performers, which includes Cynthia Rothrock in an excellant fight scene. Don't mind the plot, just enjoy the ride!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5b82d2c) out of 5 stars sammo and yeun Aug. 29 2007
By B. SUGGS - Published on
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This movie is truly fun,silly,comical and some really great fighting
scenes in it.Cynthia and rich norton in the beginning of their careers.
A couple of famous asian actors,one plays the teacher(known as the vill
ian in bruce's enter the dragon).Anyways still a classic.