Shanghai Knights

Shanghai Knights (2003)

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Factual error: In the scene after Chan and Wilson crash their car into Stonehenge they walk away and the view is of a field and a beautiful blue sky. In the sky you can see an airplane vapour trail up on the left hand side of the screen. There were no airliners in 1890.

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Factual error: The first Kinetoscope (arcade of 'personal movie viewers') was opened in 1894 and the first motion picture studio was located in New Jersey. There is no way that they would have known enough about motion pictures in 1887 to go into them, let alone go to Hollywood to do so. And the use of the word 'movie' is at least twenty years too early.

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Factual error: Everyone is abuzz about Jack The Ripper. The setting, however, is around the time of the Queen's Jubilee, which was 20-21 June 1887. Jack The Ripper did not become known to the public until September 1888.

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Continuity mistake: In the final sword fight between Rathbone and Jackie, you can see Rathbone's swords flex along the edge more like rubber than a steel sword.

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Continuity mistake: When Roy and John are talking about getting Lin out of prison, there is a shot of her looking definitely to her right, the shot then goes behind her and we see that both Roy and John are on her left.

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Factual error: In the scene where the English police come to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, they are waving flashlights, which are seen when they exit the museum. The film is set in 1887; the flashlight wasn't invented until 1898 (according to About.com).

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Factual error: The young pickpocket is revealed at the end to be the actor Charlie Chaplin as a child. The film takes place around the time of the Queen's Jubilee in June of 1887. Charlie Chaplin wasn't born until April 16th 1889.

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Continuity mistake: In the market place fight scene, Jackie Chan uses an umbrella to defend himself. In one shot, he breaks the umbrella edge, bending it out of shape. In the next shot, it looks brand new.

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Continuity mistake: When Chon and Roy are talking in the bar, Roy has a shot and puts the glass on the table with other glasses. A few shots later the glasses has changed positions.

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Factual error: Several real-life events are off in the movie's timeline. The movie itself is set in 1887, yet it includes Arthur Conan Doyle beginning writing Sherlock Holmes, although he did so before 1887; a mention of the Savoy Hotel, which was not built until 1889; and many references to and an appearance from Jack the Ripper, who was not active until 1888.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight with the street gang, Jackie Chan is about to jump onto the cloth roof to send a gang member flying away. Watch the first half of the shot (from behind Chan) and the cloth in the section Chan is about to jump into is hanging down in the space between the joists and is very slack. When the shot changes from the front to show Chan jumping and landing into the cloth, the cloth is now stretched tight for his landing.

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Continuity mistake: The position of Jackie Chan's sword in the gears of Big-Ben changes between the shots we see. It goes from being almost fully in, to about half in.

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Continuity mistake: During the library and museum scenes particularly, the heights of candles and the amount of light given off by them varies significantly from shot to shot. This is because Jackie Chan fight scenes tend to be filmed over a matter of weeks.

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Other mistake: During the fight in the outdoor market, while Jackie Chan is trying to use a wooden box to defend himself from a villain, notice that the knife the villain uses bends like rubber as it hits the box.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when we see the young Charlie Chaplin for the first time, his face is very dirty and has smudges on it. Later in the same scene his face becomes cleaner and cleaner.

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Continuity mistake: Lin's ankles are shown tied with neat loops of ropes and no link between them. A couple of shots later her ankles are sloppily tied and tied together.

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Deliberate mistake: When the platform Jackie and Rathbone are on falls, you can see a shot of a restraint snapping out of the floor. Two cuts later is the same shot, just flipped horizontally.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jackie Chan's sidekick is dressed up near the middle of the movie, his collar is messed up in one shot and perfect the next.

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Continuity mistake: When Chon Wang is spinning the wheel back and forth causing Roy to be dunked into the water again and again, in one shot, the timing of Wang turning the wheel doesn't match up with Roy actually dunking into the water. It is the shot where it happens several times, timed to match the music in the background.

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Continuity mistake: During the fight in the outdoor market, Jackie Chan flips a table over with the ridged side facing upwards. In the next shot the ridged side is facing down.

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Continuity mistake: When Roy plunges into the water, there should be pieces of rope around the bottom of the pulley device he is hanging from, but there is none.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, Lin Wang goes from holding the puzzle box in one shot to holding her father's hand in another shot.

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Continuity mistake: In the final fight, we see Rathbone flip his sword at one point so he is holding it "properly", but in the previous cut he was already holding it in the right way. This is because much of the fight was cut in editing, and several pieces of sword fighting were taken out.

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Continuity mistake: When Owen Wilson is climbing the minute-hand of Big-Ben, his legs change position between a few shots.

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Continuity mistake: If you look closely during the fight scene in the library, the guy that Jackie Chan traps in the ladder is not the same person from the moment he gets trapped to the moment he gets knocked out.

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Deliberate mistake: When Roy plunges into the water, it is pretty obvious he is a dummy.

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Continuity mistake: When John is trying to lift Roy out of the water it seems to take a full rotation of the turnstile to raise him up a foot above the water, but when John is fighting with the guard he moves the turnstile back and forth about 2-3 feet each way and you see Roy dipping in the water and raising out about a foot above the water then back in and out of the water.

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Factual error: Chon Wang and Roy O'Bannon crash their car into Stonehenge. In the shot where you see them walking away from Stonehenge, the landmark is shown on a hill. In reality, Stonehenge is on a flat plain.

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Continuity mistake: During the climatic fight scene between Jackie and the baddie in the Clock Tower, the background was the inner side of the clock. There was silhouette of the clock's hand without Owen on it when Jackie was dueling the villain on the platform. However, when Jackie and the villain crashed through the same clock face, Owen was hanging on the clock's hand.

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Factual error: The red coated British Guards are always shown armed with No. 4 Lee-Enfield rifles. The film is set in 1887 - the No. 4 rifle did not come into use until WW2.

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Factual error: When Chan and Wilson hitchhike, they stick out their thumbs to catch a ride from a buggy. Hitchhiking in this way wasn't popular until the 1930's; the movie is set in the 1880's.

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Revealing mistake: It is really obvious Jackie Chan was on a wire when holding onto Roy at the end. His body floats and moves in a very unnatural way.

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Revealing mistake: When Roy and Chon arrives in London you can see ships on the river Thames. However the sails on the ship are to tall for the ships to be able to get under the bridges.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the library fight scene, a guard is trapped in a rung on a ladder, leant backwards against the bookcase (so the guard is "on his back", head facing the books). Between shots, the amount of his body trapped in the rung changes, going from his shoulders, to most of his arms. It keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the fight scene in the library, Chon throws a small book at the guard. When the guard cuts it using his sword, the pages that were/are in it are big and white.

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Factual error: Near the start, we see a long shot of New York Harbor, where we can see the Statue of Liberty under construction. When we see the statue it's green, which comes from the statue corroding, which it hasn't had time to do.

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Factual error: In the scene where Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan confront the street urchin who stole Wilson's watch, Wilson tells him they have "parents who love us", but as he says it he is looking over way over the boy's head. [If you watch the outtakes, Owen Wilson says he feels "so mean" talking to a child that way, so it's possible he simply couldn't be that mean to a child while looking him in the eye. Or he could have been trying to keep from laughing. Either way, it's still a valid mistake, this is just a possible explanation.]

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Revealing mistake: When Owen catches Jackie at the end, you can see Jackie Chan hitting the "glass" of Big-Ben, which bends like a painting or other set prop. This happens very quickly.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the middle of the movie Wilson is sitting down with some wine beside him on the table talking to Chan. In the first shot the glass is almost full, in the next shot it is nearly empty and has moved, and in the next shot it is once again almost full.

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Factual error: During the scene when they are about to try to drown Jackie & Owen you can see the ceiling. On it are large shop lights. Even though lights were invented over 50 years beforehand, lights that new looking and of that kind were not.

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Factual error: In the fight scene where Jackie Chan and Donnie Yen fight on the boat right after Yen starts firing the gatling gun, Chan kicks him away from the gun and the gun keeps going. A gatling gun stops firing when the trigger is released, and a new gun such as that one isn't going to have problems with it "sticking" down.

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Factual error: Before he became the famous writer, Arthur Conan Doyle was an ophthalmologist, not a detective.

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Deliberate mistake: When Chon throws Roy's "plan" into the fire, you can see the drawing and plans have mysteriously vanished from the parchment.

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Continuity mistake: Charlie pours Owen Wilson a drink from a crystal jar. When Charlie puts the jar down, the liquid inside is shaking rather violently behind Roy. It cuts to Jackie Chan at this point, but when it cuts back to Owen, the liquid is perfectly still in the jar.

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Factual error: In one of the first shots of London, there is an aerial view of the River Thames that shows the bridge leading to Big Ben and father upstream Tower Bridge. 2 problems: the movie is set in 1887 and Tower Bridge was not finished until the year 1894, and secondly, from that shot, Tower Bridge would be below Big Ben, off screen, not above it.

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Continuity mistake: In the library fight scene, Chon (Jackie Chan) is on the ladder and kicks the books on one of the shelves and the shelves collapse. But in the next shot, all the books are gone whereas they should still be there.

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Factual error: It is British law that a non-British (or Commonwealth nowadays) citizen does not receive the title of "sir" as part of their knighthood. Therefore, Chon and Roy would not be referred to in this manner during the knighthood ceremony.

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Revealing mistake: During the final sword-fight, in at least two shots, when the camera is facing Chon Wang and Rathbone's back is towards camera, you can tell that Rathbone is being played by an Asian stunt-person for certain moments. His hair doesn't match perfectly, his body type is SLIGHTLY different and you can even occasionally catch very brief glimpses of the stuntman's face in shots where he twirls around. (Most noticeable early on in the fight during the stunt where Chon jumps up onto the railings after blocking and dodging several swipes from Rathbone).

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Revealing mistake: During the "Singing in the Rain" segment of the big fight after Chon and Roy arrive in London, watch carefully when Chon "lifts" himself with one arm, raising his legs to the side to dodge a strike. It's clear that wires were used, as his body somewhat unnaturally lifts up.

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Factual error: All the cars used in the film have pneumatic tyres. The film is set in 1887 and pneumatic tyres were not successfully used on cars until 1895.

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Revealing mistake: When Chon Wang and Fann Wong are fighting on the barge, Chon uses a life ring to block an attack from the wooden stick and it flexes like rubber, later in the scene the stick appears wooden.

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Factual error: Early, rotating-barrel machine guns were all activated by cranks, not buttons or triggers as shown in the film. While there were prototypes of trigger-type machine guns such as the Maxim, under development at the time, they were very different in operation than the Gatling-type gun used in this movie.

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Continuity mistake: In the battle in the English market, in one shot Jackie Chan rolls over a bunch of lemons. The only problem is that a few shots earlier, there was a bunch of baskets over the lemons that apparently disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When Jackie's sword gets thrown into the gears of Big-Ben, the way it lands doesn't match the way it falls.

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Continuity mistake: When Owen Wilson threw the British people the diamond, and they caught it, the red string was on the right side of his hand. It did a shot of Owen, then when it came back to the British, the string was on the left.

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