The Forbidden Kingdom details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano, Yifei Liu, Collin Chou, Morgan Benoit|
|Studio:||LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Forbidden Kingdom
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||17 Nov 2008|
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superb....................................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 21 May 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]this film is superb. Jason Tripitikas (played by Michael Angarano), makes his way to a pawn shop in Boston's China town to buy some new Kung fu DVD's.
Whilst he is there, he talks to Hop (played by Jackie Chan), the shop's elderly owner, and, whilst Jason is looking through some DVD's, he is drawn to a room full of antiques and notices a golden staff.
Hop tells him that the staff is to be delivered to its rightful owner and then closes the door.
On his way back home, Jason is attacked by a local bully called Lupo (played by Morgan Benoit) and his gang who force him to take them to the store so they can steal some money from the old shopkeeper.
Feeling betrayed, Hop tries to attack the thieves with the staff, but is shot by Lupo. This shocks both Jason and Lupo's gang.
Hop tells Jason that he must deliver the staff to its rightful owner. Jason takes the staff and runs from the thieves.
On top of a building, he is surrounded by the bullies, with Lupo warning Jason that he 'saw nothing' (out of fear Jason may turn them in to the police).
Before Lupo can shoot Jason, he is suddenly pulled off the roof by the staff and travels back through time, to ancient China, dressed in old-century clothing.
There he is attacked by Jade Warriors who try to take the staff away from him. He is helped by the Drunken Immortal, Lu Yan (also played by Jackie Chan).
Later that night, seated in a restaurant, Lu tells Jason a story of how the Monkey King caused havoc at the banquet, celebrating the Jade Emperor's forthcoming 500 year period of meditation and drank of the elixir of immortality.
The Emperor took a liking to the Monkey King, and decided to award him a heavenly title, much to the annoyance of the Jade Warlord (played by Collin Chou), a heavenly general.
The Emperor then left the Jade Warlord in charge of heaven before retreating to his period of seclusion.
The Jade Warlord later challenged the Monkey King to a duel, and turned him into stone, by tricking the Monkey King to set aside his magic staff.
But before he was fully immobilized, the Monkey King cast his staff into the ordinary world.
Lu ends the tale by stating a person known as the 'Seeker' will be the person to find the staff and free the Monkey King.
Lu and Jason then get into a fight with the Jade Warriors who track them to the restaurant and are saved by a mysterious woman, who turns out to be the Orphaned Warrior, Golden Sparrow (played by Liu Yi Fei).
Golden Sparrow's family was killed by the Jade Warlord, and she has vowed vengeance against him.
The Jade Warlord is notified by his men that they have seen the magical staff.
The Jade Warlord then sends his bounty hunter, the white-haired assassin Ni-Chang (played by Li Bingbing), to retrieve it for him.
When Jason wakes up in the morning he is attacked by a person dressed in white clothes, who takes the staff away from him.
Jason, Lu, and Golden Sparrow follow the trail of the mysterious man. They reach a temple where the man is meditating.
There, Lu confronts the Silent Monk (played by Jet Li), who was the mysterious man. There they both fight for the staff. The Silent Monk later learns that the staff is meant for the traveller.
The four head towards the Five Elements Mountain in a quest to free the Monkey King and destroy the rule of the Jade Warlord.
Will they succeed. Watch the film to find out.
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Extremley superb!By KingWalshington (226 reviews) from Brixham, Swindon , 16 Jul 2010Action, comedy and a compelling story all wrapped into one film. A story about a normal average teenager who is a little obsessed with fighting movies such as you bruce lee films etc, and ends up being teleported into the Forbidden Kingdom world. As the story is told you start to appreciate the film more and its certianlly not all cheesy because there are several moments in the film that are not exactly heart warmers and more like unhappy endings at times.
The comedy produced are through short little lines that are enough to make you laugh and thankfully all the dialogue is in English so most viewers wont be bored through that.
The action sequances are stunning and breath taking to know that every fight scene is real and stunt doubles. Martial arts fans will also like this film when Jackie Chan & Jet Li display many styles and forms such as the Prey Mantis, The Tiger and The Drunken something. All are expertly used and its a real pleasure to watch.
This film was made more for the normal audience to watch a style of film that has been slighty edited to please an overall audeince and by doing so has created a very entertaining film. Certianlly many kids would love this film as well and it has to be said that this is a must see film.
forbiddon kingdomBy biglug (24 reviews) from Carlisle , 12 Jul 2010most enjoyable plenty tongue in cheek fights, jackie chan always gives good value and add to that jet lis skills makes for a very enjoyable watching experience, innocent fun recommend this one.
Forbidden KingdomBy a customer from Birmingham , 10 Jul 2010I'm not usually a big fan of ropework in martial arts films, but I really enjoyed the frequent fight scenes in this movie. Both Jet Li and Jackie Chan are more than able to front a movie on their own - in this film, despite sharing a lot of screentime with one another, they proved that their stars are not diminished and their egos are no barrier to their performances. The comic timing was as good as the kung fu; especially from Chan, and had me laughing out loud a couple of times. The plot is pure fantasy, but all the same, the film is engaging. 4 stars.
Forbidden Magic.By hob (17 reviews) from runcorn , 07 Jul 2010Everyone has scene a martial arts movie,but when its a martial arts movie that shows you the beauty of china,colourful costumes,two of its greatest action stars (Jackie Chan / Jet LI ) with a magical tale to tell, its easy to see why this film did so well at the box office.its a must see film just to watch Chan/Li at work,doing what they do best and thats entertain,Chan/LI have been good friends for over 20yrs in real life,lets hope we don,t have to wait 20 more years before they decide to make another film together,listen if you want to watch a really good action & adventure type film then watch or rent this movie.
Good fun, entertainingBy AaronC (4 reviews) from Norwich , 18 Jun 2010Nice mix of styles in this movies, a bit crouching tiger, a bit Monkey and a bit like Karate kid. Chan and Li have some great fights, lots of epic battles. Generally very well choereographed fight scenes but that is to be expected from the master choreographer.