The Forbidden Kingdom 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

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This hotly-anticipated pairing of martial arts legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li features dazzling fight scenes but is weighed down by too much filler.

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Jason (Michael Angarano), an American teenager, is a huge fan of Hong Kong cinema and old kung-fu movies. While browsing in a Chinatown pawn shop, he discovers the stick weapon of an ancient Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. The magic relic transports Jason back in time, where he joins a band of legendary martial-artists on a quest to free the imprisoned man.

Cast

Jackie Chan
as Lu Yan/Old Hop
Jet Li
as Monkey King/Silent Monk
Michael Angarano
as Jason Tripitikas
Collin Chou
as Jade Warlord
Yifei Liu
as Little Princess Golden Sparrow
Bingbing Li
as Ni Chang, the White-Haired Demoness
Juana Collignon
as Southie Girl
Thomas McDonell
as Young Southie
Ma Gui Zhi
as Old Woman
Jian Bin
as Young Village Man
Yang Shao Hua
as Jade Soldier
Yuan Zeng Yu
as Innkeeper
Wang De Shun
as Jade Emperor
Liu Xiao Li
as Queen Mother
Xiao Dong Mei
as Innkeeper's Wife
Matthew Tang
as Jade Officer No. 1
Cheng Hong Jun
as Jade Officer No. 2
Alan Ng
as Jade Officer No. 3
Michelle Du
as Painted Girl
Yang Jun
as Herald No. 1
Crystal Kung
as Slave Girl
Jeffrey Kung
as Herald No. 2
Xu Wei Jia
as Tracker
Huang Ming Sheng
as Cult Killer No. 1
Rui Li
as Cult Killer No. 2
Zhang Fei Long
as Cult Killer No. 3
Luo Yun Cheng
as Cult Killer No. 4
Zhou Xiao Wen
as Cult Killer No. 5
Lin Hai Bin
as Cult Killer No. 6
Zhi Hui Jie
as Cult Killer No. 7
Shi Xiao Ju
as Golden Sparrow's Mother
Guo Meng
as Young Golden Sparrow
Cui Wen Lu
as Goat Herder
Li Xiao Yong
as Young Monk No. 1
Zhen Zhang
as Young Monk No. 2
Zhoa Zi Wan
as Medicine Monk
Matthew Grant
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for The Forbidden Kingdom

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Audience Reviews for The Forbidden Kingdom

  • Jan 19, 2016
    Kung fu movies have never hit the spot for me but im fond of Jackie Chan and Jet Li so I gave this a go and I enjoyed it, Simple yet same old predictable plot, Some good fight scenes, It always did my head in that with all the amazing well done kung fu action do they feel the need to use wire stunts it spoils it, Apart from the action there isn't too much to get excited over unless your under the age of 12.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2011
    A fun, but disappointing, kung-fu flick that features martial arts legends, Jet Li and Jackie Chan, together for the first and only time. This pairing is the only reason to watch this film. They are their typical selves, as they kick ass in good cheesy fashion. The problem is that the entire film is extremely corny and unoriginal. The acting is lackluster and the plot is stock. The action is fantastic, which is honestly why you would ever watch this film in the first place. The long awaited Jet Li versus Jackie Chan fight scene is great, but drags on for seemingly forever. All in all, the film is decent, but falls well below expectations for the Li-Chan pairing.
    Suneel J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A cheesy and boring movie with no point at all to it. As the plot was stupid and felt like a chesy comedy, the action was lame and a copy of the genius movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The makeup and production was okay I guiess, I can't neccessarly say it was bad. And by during the movie I fell asleep and woke up later and reversed it back to where I fell left off, then I almost fell asleep again, at 3:00 PM, thats how boring it was.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2011
    A cheesy and boring movie with no point at all to it. As the plot was stupid and felt like a chesy comedy, the action was lame and a copy of the genius movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The makeup and production was okay I guiess, I can't neccessarly say it was bad. And by during the movie I fell asleep and woke up later and reversed it back to where I fell left off, then I almost fell asleep again, at 3:00 PM, thats how boring it was.
    Jim C Super Reviewer

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