The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

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.

There, he meets the drunken kung-fu 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.

2008Rating: M, Contains violence113 minsUSA
ActionAdventureFantasy
Director:
Rob Minkoff ('The Lion King', 'Stuart Little', 'The Haunted Mansion')
Writer:
John Fusco
Cast:
Jet LiJackie ChanMichael AngaranoCrystal Liu Yi FeiCollin ChouLi Bing Bing
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Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Two of the martial arts genre's most celebrated sons, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, appear together for the first time in The Forbidden Kingdom. Li had previously stated that he was done with Kung Fu flicks, but the Weinstein brothers must have flashed their cheque books because he's back again. Chan, on the other hand, is starring in his first Hollywood feature where he’s not also responsible for choreographing the fisty cuffs. That responsibility instead falls to Woo-Ping Yuen, the man behind the fight scenes in The Matrix and Kill Bill. While this assemblage of talent will have kung fu enthusiasts licking their lips in anticipation, the end result will likely be a disappointment to them.

2.0
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THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM IS COOL AND FUNNY

gud film heaps of action lol :) not to mention its funny in some bits hehe

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

The result is joyous and exhilarating.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Great fun family entertainment for those keen to become a kung fu warrior.

3.0
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Newshub

Newshub

press

Visually the film is stunning. There are mythical Chinese magic elements which are nostalgically pleasing, especially with today's advanced special effects helping to make them look incredible.

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

A dance of combat and humor saves a contrivance from drowning. Or, rather, Chan and Li elevate it enough to make it into a good time.

3.0
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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The missing link between '00s wushu, '80s kids' fantasy and '70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone.

3.0
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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The film's mixed success continues elsewhere. While most of the costuming, set design, make-up and choreography are first rate, Chan sports an obvious and awful wig and David Buckley's overblown score often drowns out the admittedly stilted dialogue.

2.0
0
Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Two of the martial arts genre's most celebrated sons, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, appear together for the first time in The Forbidden Kingdom. Li had previously stated that he was done with Kung Fu flicks, but the Weinstein brothers must have flashed their cheque books because he's back again. Chan, on the other hand, is starring in his first Hollywood feature where he’s not also responsible for choreographing the fisty cuffs. That responsibility instead falls to Woo-Ping Yuen, the man behind the fight scenes in The Matrix and Kill Bill. While this assemblage of talent will have kung fu enthusiasts licking their lips in anticipation, the end result will likely be a disappointment to them.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions.

0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

The result is joyous and exhilarating.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Great fun family entertainment for those keen to become a kung fu warrior.

3.0
0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Visually the film is stunning. There are mythical Chinese magic elements which are nostalgically pleasing, especially with today's advanced special effects helping to make them look incredible.

4.0
0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

A dance of combat and humor saves a contrivance from drowning. Or, rather, Chan and Li elevate it enough to make it into a good time.

3.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The missing link between '00s wushu, '80s kids' fantasy and '70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone.

3.0
0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The film's mixed success continues elsewhere. While most of the costuming, set design, make-up and choreography are first rate, Chan sports an obvious and awful wig and David Buckley's overblown score often drowns out the admittedly stilted dialogue.

2.0
0

THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM IS COOL AND FUNNY

gud film heaps of action lol :) not to mention its funny in some bits hehe

4.0
0