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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

The Forbidden Kingdom

Overview


Genre

Action, Kung Fu

Release Date

April 18, 2008

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Production Budget

$70 millions

Studio

Lions Gate Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Rob Minkoff

Producer

Casey Silver, Ryan Kavanaugh

Screenwriter

John Fusco

Starring

Story


In "Forbidden Kingdom," American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano), who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kungfu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China.

There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent kungfu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a colourful action comedy..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
“..a great, heaping, overflowing helping of fun..”
by Rene Rodriguez [Miami Herald]
“..at once predictable and utterly confusing..”
by Vanessa Farquharson [National Post]