Reader Review: The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Nix here. I plan on reviewing “The Forbidden Kingdom” when it hits theaters later this month. What, I’m not going to see the first-ever martial arts collaboration between Jackie Chan and Jet Li? Yeah, yeah, I haven’t been a big fan of Chan, but I am a humongous fan of Li, and this seems like a movie that’s right up his alley. Reader Michael Wright beat me to it and sent in his review for the film, which is scheduled to open April 18, 2008. This review is SPOILER-FREE.

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WOW, what a fun movie and story. Seeming allot like The Wizard of OZ, the delightful story begins with a young Boston boy (Jason), a want to be martial arts fan, caught is a bad situation. After a fall and a bump on the head, he travels to a far land back in time where he becomes the center of local lure as the savior of the famed and magical Monkey King. He is carrying the sacred staff which can restore the Monkey King from his enslavement as a stone statue by the evil wizard the Jade War Lord.

Along the way Jason meets three friends who support his cause, and help him to restore the staff to its rightful owner. Lu Yan (Jackie Chan), the gifted martial arts drunkard, the Priest (Jet LI), and The Golden Sparrow (Yefei Lui), the martial arts musician and beauty.

Having to duel with many of the Jade War Lords men throughout the film adds thrilling fighting scenes, and great Kung Fu Martial Arts movements, and the story line is fun. In this type of film, nobody really gets hurt and everyone can enjoy the journey.

The duel characters are fun to watch, and the secrets of the story are warm and delightful. After viewing the file, I do not want to give it away, but to say it is well worth the price of admission, and en enjoyable presentation well worth your time to watch.

Like the ending in the Wizard of OZ, the young lad returns to home with accomplishment and talent, and corrects is earlier error.

Well done to the cast, crew and the writer John Fusco for a warm and wonderful story for all to see.

Rob Minkoff (director) / John Fusco (screenplay)
CAST: Michael Angarano … Jason Tripitikas
Morgan Benoit … Lupo
Jackie Chan … Lu Yan
Collin Chou … Jade War Lord
Bingbing Li … Ni Chang
Jet Li … Monkey King / Lan Cai He
Yifei Liu … Golden Sparrow


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  • Dustin

    I have to admit this movie looked like bad news a mile away,but I liked the new trailer. It would be really nice for a twisted old cynic,and for kids if it turned out to be good family film.

  • Dustin

    I have to admit this movie looked like bad news a mile away,but I liked the new trailer. It would be really nice for a twisted old cynic,and for kids if it turned out to be good family film.

  • Peter

    It funny, i talk with my friends over the weekend and mentioned to them that is losely base on Journey to the West and they were dumb founded. I’m a big fan of Journey to the West, but I don’t have too much confident in this one.

  • Peter

    It funny, i talk with my friends over the weekend and mentioned to them that is losely base on Journey to the West and they were dumb founded. I’m a big fan of Journey to the West, but I don’t have too much confident in this one.

  • Erik Thomas

    My 7 year old daughter loves Jackie Chan-would she be able to see this?

  • Erik Thomas

    My 7 year old daughter loves Jackie Chan-would she be able to see this?

  • tyler

    This was one of the worst movies I’ve seen. Actually I didn’t really see it, i walked out about 10 or 15 minutes into it. I’ve never walked out of a movie. Acting terrible, premise terrible, dialogue terrible, kung fu fights can’t support a whole movie. Go get karate kid and Crouching Tiger, play them on tv’s next to eachother, drink a bottle of Vodka and watch them cross eyed sitting in a lawn chair. Thats about what this movie was like.

  • tyler

    This was one of the worst movies I’ve seen. Actually I didn’t really see it, i walked out about 10 or 15 minutes into it. I’ve never walked out of a movie. Acting terrible, premise terrible, dialogue terrible, kung fu fights can’t support a whole movie. Go get karate kid and Crouching Tiger, play them on tv’s next to eachother, drink a bottle of Vodka and watch them cross eyed sitting in a lawn chair. Thats about what this movie was like.