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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

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A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juana Collignon ...
Southie Girl
Jack Posobiec ...
Zhi Ma Gui ...
Old Woman
Shen Shou He ...
Bin Jiang ...
Young Village Man
Shaohua Yang ...
Jade Soldier
Yu Yuan Zeng ...
Inn Keeper
Deshun Wang ...
XiaoLi Liu ...


An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The path is unsafe. The place is unknown. The journey is unbelievable. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of martial arts action and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan/Jet Li Project  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,401,121 (USA) (18 April 2008)


$25,040,293 (USA) (13 June 2008)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The characters were mostly taken from Chinese mythology and adventure pulps. Lu Yan is a famous Taoist Saint (he is better known as Lü Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals referenced in Jackie Chan's Drunken Master films). The Jade Emperor is the ruler of the Heavens in Chinese myth. The Monkey King is from a 16th Century fantasy epic by Wu Cheng En. Golden Sparrow was the name of the character played by Cheng Pei Pei in a number of Shaw Bros films, like Come Drink with Me (1966). The White Haired Demoness is the anti-heroine of a pulp novel by Liang Yusheng (filmed twice) with the same title. See more »


When Jason picks up the jade hairpin dagger, he places it between his thumb and Golden Sparrow's thumb and they clasp hands together in a 'bro-shake'. Immediately afterward her thumb disappears from his and and he is holding the jade hairpin dagger in only his hand, with her hand wrapped around his. See more »


Lu Yan: Jump!
Jason Tripitikas: [stops before leaping from a roof] I don't think so!
Lu Yan: Don't think, just do!
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Crazy Credits

Jackie Chan and Jet Li are credited together before the title. Jackie Chan's name is spelled out horizontally, but Jet Li's is spelled out vertically, and the same "J" is used for both. See more »


Version of Monkey Magic (1998) See more »


Deng Zhe Ni Hui Lai
("Waiting 4 U")
Written by Yan Kuan
Performed by Bai Kwong
©EMI Music Publishing Hong Kong
avec l'autorisation d'EMI Music Publishing France
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User Reviews

AWESOMEness for everyone!
19 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie is a testament, that all blockbusters should strive for: having the perfect balance of action, drama, and comedy. From the awesomely choreographed fight sequences to the laugh-out-loud comedic moments, it truly has something for everyone.

Like someone else has said, there is nothing bad to say at all about this movie. It's one of those fun movies that my family and I like to call "DVD Purchase-worthy," not in the sense of skipping the theater and just waiting for it to come on DVD to watch, but rather an awesome movie we watch in the theater that we'd want to see again and again.

Jackie Chan's continued natural ability for humor and Jet Li's soft-spoken attitude, compliment each other well, like Ying-Yang, culminating in their first on-screen appearance together, that does not disappoint! And Michael Angarano continues to have a knack for picking fun movies to be a part of (first he gets to fly in Sky High and now he gets to learn Kung Fu..how awesome is that!?!) and I see the dude becoming one great up and coming actor!

AWESOME movie! A Friday night well-spent!!

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