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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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Old Woman
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Storyline

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

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The battle for eternity is the fantasy of a lifetime. (Canadian poster) See more »


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

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Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan/Jet Li Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£676,217 (UK) (11 July 2008)

Gross:

£1,215,459 (UK) (18 July 2008)
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Trivia

The characters are mostly taken from Chinese mythology and adventure pulps.
  • Lu Yan is a famous Taoist Saint (He's 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.


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Goofs

When the Jade Warlord slams the Silent Monk onto the Monkey King's altar at the end, it cuts to a different shot and the Silent Monk disappears, reappearing in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Old Man Hop: [pushing the staff into Jake's hands] here! Take it! Return it to its owner!
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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 »

Connections

References The Well (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Tosehe Sugze Laa Part 2
Written by The Tibet Foundation
Performed by The Tibet Foundation
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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User Reviews

 
good but Jackie Chan/Jet Li deserves better
20 April 2008 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

I have been a big fan of Jet Li/ Jackie Chan since I can remember. All I have to say is that they deserve better. A movie that consists of both these remarkable actors should be incredible and unforgettable, but, in my opinion, this movie can only be remembered probably because it's their first tandem. I don't know what the writers in this movie are thinking. They should have watched the old movies of these two and studied it. They should have written a story that will compliment both their strengths in the screen (not just their martial arts techniques), and the tone of the movie is well-off. Needless to say, if you want to see a feel-good, relatively entertaining then this movie is definitely your cup-of- tea.


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