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The Forbidden Kingdom

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6.51 h 44 min2008X-Ray12
American teenager Jason, who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung fu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China on a quest that will change his life...
Directors
Rob Minkoff
Starring
Jackie ChanJet LiMichael Angarano
Genres
ActionFantasyAdventure
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Yifei LiuCollin ChouMorgan Benoit
Studio
Lionsgate
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1681 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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J F MessengerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jackie Chan AND Jet Li? You can't really go wrong can you?
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I am not a particular fan of these types of old style Kung Fu movies but I am a big fan of both Jet Li and Jackie Chan. It was old school style yes but it also had a more modern upbeat element to it which for me made it highly watchable. I bought it for my husband who likes to watch Chinese monks flying all over the place, and as I had seen the trailer which looked very good I thought why not give it a try? I am glad I did as the film certainly did not disappoint in any way and was completely entertaining from start to finish. With Chan and Li working together the fight scenes were so well done as you might expect with two masters on the screen, and you just know that speed and accuracy from them both had nothing to do with any kind of camera trickery it was all just them doing what they do best. If you are unsure find the trailer and watch that, if you like what you see then you will love this movie as it tells you what to expect from it and I guarantee it will not disappoint.
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MaccaboyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chan and Li....what more do you want?
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This is a throwback to the classic martial arts films of the 70's and 80's, but with a bit of a modern hit. Chan and Li are brilliant and play characters that made them the stars they are back in the day. If you are expecting a flashy film with loads of flashy effects you'll be disappointed. The fight scenes hark back to a past era and are a joy to watch, with choreography that is a pleasure to see in today's "Matrix" styled films.
A great film to watch.
MrReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ahh sigh - good movie.
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I mean for me it's a five star film.

Maybe for some it's four stars (or less). However with the lead actress being so bewitching, I can't take my eyes off her. (Pause play here and there, and ten seconds back, just to see the lady.)

The Forbidden Kingdom is easily a four star film; probably four point five stars. With such stunning women, it gives me no qualms in rating it a solid five stars, and big inner smile.

Quality all the way then, in many forms. Jet and Jackie; lots of great martial art moves that include lots of chica fights too.

Like even the baddie witch woman was stunning: like come on turn to be a goodie, because you're dazzling. ............ What's not to like?
V T DoidgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good night in with da Jet
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I had this sent over from HK when it first came out and I've just rewatched it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes the bully's at the beginning are pants and my mum could've done a better job and she's dead but it was great seeing Li and Chan in a movie together as I'm a massive Jet fan. He could probably do a washing up liquid ad and I'd still give him 4-5 stars to be fair.
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Mr. Ryan J. DanielsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
OK, but could have been so much more
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I'm a massive martial arts movie fan and love Jackie chan and Jet Li, so the two of them coming together for the first time has to be amazing right?... Nah.
I'm amazed almost all the reviews are 4 or 5 star, Jackie and jet aren't exactly where they are because of their top acting skills but it seems to stand out as bad to me in this film. The main character is pretty unlikeable and the fight scenes lack any of the creative inventiveness that we all love about Jackie chan.
Overall, it's not awful, but for me it's definitely not good. Could have been so much better.
TomReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Old School Entertainment
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I'm not a martial arts film buff but did love Bruce lee films and Monkey back in the day. I really enjoyed this film, it had a great balance between old and modern film techniques. Loved the classic underdog hero on a journey story too. A really satisfying ending. I wonder if there has been a deserved sequel?
Rob MorganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bit of a guilty pleasure, but great film for fans of martial arts and family-friendly action :)
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A bit cheesy and cliched in places, but some great fight choreography courtesy of Yuen Woo Ping (The Matrix and loads more), and brilliant performances from all the lead cast - Mr's Li and Chan have some amazing skill on show and are very funny, a great pre-Mulan performance from Liu Yifei, Michael Angarano does a steady job of the loser-turned-hero, and Collin Chou is a suitably-dislikable but threatening villain.

A repeated watch for me :)
BaileyGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly recommend
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Good movie with a great story and tons of kung fu. Love seeing two of the greatest actors in one movie together (Jackie Chan and Jet Li). Fantastic price for a great movie.
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