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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
Shen Shou He ...
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Young Village Man
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Jade Soldier
Yu Yuan Zeng ...
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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 »


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

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 Jason goes to the fallen Golden Sparrow, her jade hairpin dagger is beside her feet on the floor, yet when he bends over to hold her, he reaches for the dagger and it is just inches from her hand, several feet away from where it was before. See more »

Quotes

Lu Yan: When I was your age, I was a scholar-warrior in training. My arrow was good, so too my kung fu. I was chosen to take the seven exams. To pass would place me among a short line of scholar immortals. I failed.
Jason Tripitikas: You're not immortal?
Lu Yan: If one does not attach himself to people and desires, never shall his heart be broken... But then, does he ever truly live? I'd rather die a mortal, with a care for someone, than to live as an immortal free from his death.
Jason Tripitikas: I don't wanna lose you.
Lu Yan: Forget about me.
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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 Virtua Fighter 2 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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This is a must see movie
20 April 2008 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

I read some of the comments including the one from the user named "AlecBaldwin". He left early because of graphics and too many myths. Another didn't like it because the English was hard to understand. Another said it was a kids movie and Chan/Li were out for the dollars only. I'll tell you that I went to the movie theater and sat back and let the movie go wherever it wanted. I was intending on enjoying it and I downright did. It is a great graphical movie with fantastic choreography and editing, and an acting masterpiece, as well as action packed. If you go into the movie theater and take the negative comments with you, you will not like it. You need to understand that this is a rare appearance by two masters who will probably never get together again. As for the English, don't fret on that. I have a lot of trouble with these kinds of movies. This was the ONLY one where I could understand the English. It's simple. Go to the movie with popcorn and soda in hand and an open mind. Get ready for some fast action and a good story line. And finally, ENJOY!


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