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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Monkey King / The Silent Monk
... Jason Tripitikas
... Lu Yan / Old Hop
Juana Collignon ... Southie Girl
... Lupo
Jack Posobiec ... Southie
... Young Southie
Zhi Ma Gui ... Old Woman
Shen Shou He ... Farmer
Bin Jiang ... Young Village Man
Shaohua Yang ... Jade Soldier
Yu Yuan Zeng ... Inn Keeper
Deshun Wang ... Jade Emperor
XiaoLi Liu ... Queen Mother
... Jade Warlord
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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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18 April 2008 (USA)  »

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Jackie Chan/Jet Li Project  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,401,121, 20 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,075,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,980,002
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Trivia

The opening credits features photographs of famous martial arts actors from the famous The Shaw Brothers Creative Group during the 1970s and 1980s. Among the actors shown are: Bruce Lee, Kara Wai, Lung Ti, David Chiang, Chia-Liang Liu, Chia-Hui Liu, Kuan Tai Chen and The Venom Mob. See more »

Goofs

The folklore associated with the Monkey King only has Five Finger Mountain, not Five Element Mountain. The mountain depicted in the movie is even shaped like five fingers. Hence Five Element Mountain is a mistranslation. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lu Yan: And as one legendary journey ended for the Traveller, so did another journey begin.
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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

Version of Chai tin dai sing suen ng hung (2002) 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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AWESOMEness for everyone!
19 April 2008 | by 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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