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Forbidden Kingdom (2-Disc Special Edition)
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East meets West and kung-fu legends collide as Jackie Chan and Jet Li square off in the fists-a-flying, family-friendly FORBIDDEN KINGDOM. Based on the classical Chinese novel JOURNEY TO THE WEST, the film begins in modern-day Boston. There, while teenage kung-fu flick enthusiast Jason (Michael Angarano) is buying bootleg DVDs from his favorite shopkeeper, Old Hop (Chan, aged by prosthetic makeup), he is drawn to an ancient golden staff. When a local bully forces weakling Jason to help rob Old Hop, Jason escapes with the staff and is magically transported to ancient China. He is soon rescued from the forces of the Jade Warlord by Lu Yan (Chan), a raggedy wanderer whose wine-guzzling ways conceal his kung-fu mastery. Yan reveals the truth of the staff, and that Jason is the fabled Seeker who must return it to the Monkey King (Li) to prevent the warlord's evil plans. The two are joined in their quest by a kung-fu master, Silent Monk (Li), and a beautiful orphan (Liu Yifei) who harbors her own personal vendetta. Despite their differences, the two masters teach Jason the ways of the kung-fu warrior. And when Lu Yan is gravely wounded by the warlord's sexy assassin, Jason must bring his newfound skills and courage to bear if he is to save one world and return to his own. Choreographed by action impresario Woo-ping Yuen (THE MATRIX, KILL BILL) and shot on location in China, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM is an appealing family adventure about the importance of working together and the value of believing in one's abilities.
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The action scenes are great and the scenery is breathtaking. Although the kid is a horrible actor, Chan and Li do a fine job. There are also a number of pretty women in this movie with great kung-fu skills. I must say the cheese factor in this movie is extremely high, for example we have Chinese people in ancient China speaking English amongst themselves, using 20th century slang. Oftentimes the dialogue is very stiff and the cheese factor reaches insurpassable levels during some fight scenes such as when a girl uses her floor-length hair as a fighting weapon. Overall, a very enjoyable movie, if you can stand the cheese.
The film is about a South Boston teenager named Jason Tripitikas, who is a fan of Hong Kong cinema, and who after a night of peer-pressure from the local bully was magical transported to ancient China, by a staff who just happen to be the fabled staff Ruyi Jingu Bang that belonged to the legendary Monkey King. He was then rescued from armored soldiers by the inebriated traveling scholar Lu Yan, who is surprisingly alert and agile when drunk.
Later that night, seated in a teahouse, Lu Yan tells Jason of how the Monkey King wreack havoc on a banquet the Immortals held to celebrate the Jade Emperor's forthcoming 500-year period of meditation. The Jade Emperor took a liking to the Monkey King and decided to award him a heavenly title, much to the chagrin of the Jade Warlord, who was the Emperor's general. The Emperor then left the Jade Warlord in charge of heaven before retreating to his long meditation. The Warlord challenged the Monkey King to a duel to display their fighting and magical abilities. After tricking the Monkey King into setting aside Ruyi Jingu Bang, the Warlord struck him with a spell that would turn him into stone, whereupon the Monkey King threw the staff far off beyond the Warlord's grasp. Lu Yan ends the tale by stating a prophecy in which person known as the "Seeker" will find the staff and free the Monkey King. So the "Seeker" happens to be...Jason! Poor Jason, he's thinks this is all a wacky dream, but Lu Yan is going to help him out, along with a young girl and a silent monk hand, they set out on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King, and get Jason home.
So overall, I would say this film is an excellent film with an excellent musical score.
The full screen wide screen was not a good idea, i hate it when you have a scratch able disc on both sides.
For starters I kind of didn't need the american kid, he wasn't a great actor but he made it an interesting plot.
At the beginning they kind of show why they are speaking English. but the action is undeniably exciting. Great for Jackie fans HE does drunken master! The movie has good fights and is somewhat funny, Return to the forbidden kingdom ( I hope ) is coming up!
We love for most part, most of his movies.
Comedy and action
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