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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 path is unsafe. The place is unknown. The journey is unbelievable. 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jet Li worked with John Fusco on the screenplay and said, "He is a superb screenwriter and has been learning Chinese martial arts for more than ten years. He has roughly put across in the film some of my basic understanding of martial arts and principles of Buddhism." See more »

Goofs

In the fight between The Monk and Jade Warlord, Warlord cuts Monks shoulder with pole-arm and his robe is getting soaked in blood. Camera changes, and there is no cut or blood. Later on, it is visible again. See more »

Quotes

Golden Sparrow: Come drink with 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 »


Soundtracks

The Shepherd Girl
Traditional
Arranged by Cheng Yu
Performed by Cheng Yu
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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good but Jackie Chan/Jet Li deserves better
20 April 2008 | by See 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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