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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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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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Jackie Chan/Jet Li Project  »

Box Office

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,215,459 (UK) (18 July 2008)
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Trivia

Early in the film, the character Jason finds the DVD Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1980) in Hop's pawn shop. 'The Ten Tigers of Kwangtung' (English title) is often regarded by martial arts film experts as the ultimate Shaw Brothers martial arts film, because it features a star-studded cast of legendary martial arts actors including 'Ti Lung', 'Alexander Fu Sheng' and major and supporting actors from The Venom Mob (which includes all six principle actors from The Five Venoms). The film also featured a younger generation of Shaw Brothers actors and was meant as a way to "pass the torch" from then-veteran Shaw Brothers actors to the new generation of actors. The Shaw Brothers Creative Group films rarely featured so many star actors in one film, and 'The Ten Tigers of Kwangtung' was one of the few films to do so. See more »

Goofs

As Ni Chang prepares to fire the arrow which hits Lu Yan, she places it on the wrong side of the bow. An arrow held as she positions it would rotate away from the bow as the bow is drawn. See more »

Quotes

Old Man Hop: [to Jason] You been watching too much Hong Kong Phooey...
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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

Featured in The Kung Fu Dream Team (2008) See more »

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Tosehe Sugze Laa Part 2
Written by The Tibet Foundation
Performed by The Tibet Foundation
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User Reviews

 
A Nice Martial Arts Fantasy Story
18 April 2008 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Jackie Chan returns in a Drunken Master (1978) role along with Jet Li in a more mysterious but delightful twisting role in this fantasy martial arts film that requires a leap of faith into myths, legends, and magic. In doing so, this adventure tale is compelling from the very beginning with a quick, fast martial art scene followed by some amazing opening credits. The martial art fights are prolonged and exciting and the storyline is although predictable, entertaining and worthy of an evening storytale. Not a classic, nor epic, not heavy, and never managing to enter into serious realm of award-winning, this movie is nevertheless a summer, adolescent family movie that is worth its admission price and both Jackie Chan and Jet Li offer up some good performances in a movie without any real failings. Eight out of Ten Stars.


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