The Forbidden Kingdom

2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

Critics Consensus

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.

64%

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Total Count: 129

60%

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User Ratings: 326,685
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Movie Info

Legendary martial arts stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li come together onscreen for the first time ever in director Rob Minkoff's time-traveling take on the Monkey King fable that finds an American teen transported back to ancient China after wandering into a pawn shop and discovering the king's fighting stick. Once there, the adventurous teen joins an army of fierce warriors who have sworn to free their imprisoned king at all costs. In addition to appearing as the mythical Monkey King, Li assumes the role of a silent monk, and Chan appears in the role of kung fu master Lu Yan. Famed action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping presides over the fight sequences. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (82) | Rotten (47)

  • One of the more entertaining movies we've seen in recent months.

    Apr 21, 2008
  • Every time the focus switches to Michael Angarano channeling his inner Ralph Macchio, The Forbidden Kingdom reminds you that it's primarily an act of occidental tourism.

    Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It might take a Zen master to explain exactly what audience this is aimed at.

    Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's difficult to resist, especially if you're a 12-year-old boy whose parents won't let you rent Once Upon a Time in China or the Kill Bill movies.

    Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • When Chan and Li match wits, each celebrates the other's presence. This isn't just a martial-arts display; it's generosity and camaraderie in motion.

    Apr 18, 2008
  • Thanks to the two stars' disparate styles - the laser-like focus of Li and the whirlwind whimsy of Chan - The Forbidden Kingdom makes up for its flaws with plenty of eye-popping moments.

    Apr 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic

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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