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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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Rob Minkoff

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John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... The Monkey King / The Silent Monk
Michael Angarano ... Jason Tripitikas
Jackie Chan ... Lu Yan / Old Hop
Juana Collignon Juana Collignon ... Southie Girl
Morgan Benoit ... Lupo
Jack Posobiec Jack Posobiec ... Southie
Thomas McDonell ... Young Southie
Zhi Ma Gui Zhi Ma Gui ... Old Woman
Shen Shou He Shen Shou He ... Farmer
Bin Jiang Bin Jiang ... Young Village Man
Shaohua Yang Shaohua Yang ... Jade Soldier
Yu Yuan Zeng Yu Yuan Zeng ... Inn Keeper
Deshun Wang Deshun Wang ... Jade Emperor
XiaoLi Liu XiaoLi Liu ... Queen Mother
Collin Chou ... 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 path is unsafe. The place is unknown. The journey is unbelievable. 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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Details

Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

18 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackie Chan/Jet Li Project See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was based on the Chinese epic story "Journey to the West", a fictionalized account of the legends around the Buddhist monk Tang Sanzhuang's pilgrimage to India during the Tang Dynasty, in order to obtain Buddhist scriptures. Many programs have been based on this tale, such as the television show Monkey (1978), and anime series Dragon Ball (1986) held a few loose facts from the same story. See more »

Goofs

As Ni Chang prepares to fire (should be shoot - fire is for guns) 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

Jason Tripitikas: Is this a dream?
Lu Yan: No, Where you came from is the dream, Through The Gate of No Gate.
Jason Tripitikas: What is that, like a wormhole or something?
Lu Yan: No, It means. You are either a Zen Master or You carry something very special.
Jason Tripitikas: [Pointing towards the staff] This? It was in a pawnshop waiting for a man to pick it up and return it to it's rightful owner. What?
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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 Sai yau gei (1996) 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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good but Jackie Chan/Jet Li deserves better
20 April 2008 | by reggie_traceySee 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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