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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  18 April 2008 (USA)
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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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,215,459 (UK) (18 July 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Donnie Yen was turned down the role of Jade Warlord. 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 »


Jason Tripitikas: He needs wine. It's his elixir.
Medicine Monk: We will send a walking monk.
Lu Yan: Don't you have a running monk?
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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 »


References The Well (2000) See more »


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

Jet Li + Jackie Chan
20 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Jet Li + Jackie Chan = 1 Word... IMBA! I'm definitely a kung-fu movie fan, especially if it's starring Jackie Chan OR Jet Li, but this movie has them both in! The movie is all about the Chinese epic tale: "Journey to the West" About Sun Wu Kong, or better known as "Stone Monkey" it's one of my favorite Chinese stories.

It started out slow and it had me all confused when the main character was an American boy but it turns out that they had their own version of the tale. The boy strangely gets ported back inside the story where he meets the characters whose roles are played by Jet Li and Jackie Chan and they set out in a quest to return a staff owned by the stone monkey who was prophesied to end the tyranny of the Jade warlord, an evil general who is the villain in the movie.

The action scenes were really good, superb even. Jackie chan and Jet Li still had their kung-fu in them and it was fun and amusing to watch.

The Acting was good, especially by Jackie chan and Jet Li. (I liked Jet Li's role as stone monkey especially, because he really looked like a monkey) The storyline though, was quite predictable because, Jackie chan movies always end in happy endings. but as I always say: "What you say is just as important as how you say it." Same goes with a movie, though the storyline is predictable, how the story went and how it was flavored with humor and drama and action made the movie much, much better and so worthwhile and entertaining to watch.

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