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
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Entertainment ; Distributed in Canada by Maple Pictures, c2008
Branch Call Number: DVD Forbi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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JCLJoshN Jul 16, 2014

I didn't have high hopes for a kung fu movie written and directed by Americans, with an American teenager as the main character, but this movie is actually a lot of fun, clearly a loving tribute to Chinese wuxia films. Just getting to watch Jackie Chan and Jet Li is worth the price of admission, but the scenery, costuming, and special effects are also great. And the mash-up of standard kung fu movie tropes (as well as all of the subtle and not-so-subtle references to older kung fu movies) all make this a fun ride. It won't change your life, but you'll be solidly entertained.

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de_grammont
Jun 11, 2012

This is a solid film all around and gives action fans something they've wanted for years... namely a fight scene between Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

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