The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom

DVD - 2008
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Jason is an American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics. He 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, Jason unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China. He meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan; an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk; and the vengeance-bent Golden Sparrow. Jason is lead on a quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of killers, Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship and the true meaning of kungfu.


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Jan 24, 2019

It's entertainment... thats about it. If you need to fill some time and take a break from reading or indulge in mindless entertainment this is a good choice.

Aug 27, 2018

A coming of age story with great imaginative special effects--and a magical storybook plot with tipsy karate master, evil prince, witch and Monkey King with lots of combat.

Jul 23, 2018

This movie has a LOT MORE fantasy in it than I had thought at first. Immortals, people walking on air, magic, making "copies" of yourself, etc.
I think the movie is a bit silly, but if you can get past the truckload of fantasy and poor acting by the young man who plays the time traveling kid, it is okay. The one gal who kept talking in third person all the time did bother me a bit though.

An excellent movie with some fantastic fights. This is essentially a modern retelling of Journey to the West, and it works. What a shame that Jackie Chan and Jet Li hadn't worked together until this movie.

Apr 13, 2016

Watched this quite sometime ago and fond of the characters and the Monkey King connection to Boston twist:

On Cable a year ago of a modern day "Monkey King" fusion about a Boston kid who traveled through a worm hole and met up with three characters in China who helped him to release the "Monkey King" imprisoned over 500 years by an evil soldier God. Helps to understand the story with the material in bonus disc or read up before watching:

Dec 02, 2014

Stunning, funny and heart warming. If you like Kung fu, you'll love this movie. If you have never seen a Kung Fu movie before, this is an excellent movie to fall in love with this genre.

greeneyedmonster Dec 07, 2009

okay, so most of this movie is pretty ridiculous, and the kid is one of the worst actors ever, but the action sequences by jet li and jackie chan are awesome. these guys may be getting old but they still perform some of the best martial arts around.

lucky Nov 23, 2008

An amazing action film featuring the greatest martial arts fighters of our time!

Oct 29, 2008

Watchable (Fair) - Forbidden Kingdom (2008) **½ 113 min. starring Michael Angarano (a virtual unknown), Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Very predictable adventure yarn works in some level only because of the fantastically beautiful landscape shots, the color, the fight sequences and the fantasy-drenched feel. At times, you’d thik you’re watching a video game. And as such, this film is definitely directed towards the gaming crowd and younger viewers. There’s a scene in this film that has gone down in history because it’s the first time that Jet Li and Jackie Chan dropped the gloves and went toe to toe - doesn’t it sound like WWF?

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A boy finds himself in a different dimension with a staff that must be returned to it's rightful owner. Along the way, his mentors (Jackie Chan and Jet Li) are tutoring him in the ways of martial arts.


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Violence: Fighting.


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"Respect your teachers!"

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