The Forbidden Kingdom

September 23, 2008 at 9:54 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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While stuck on a plane, I watched this king fu movie.

September 7, 2008 by

Film Hanger

Paper Hanger Blog
New Zealand

The highlight of the film is the fight between Jet Li (a silent monk) and Jackie Chan (a drunken monk); and the film is worth seeing mainly for this sequence.

The rest of the film is some contrived – but then aren’t they all – story about a kung-fu obsessed American teenager who goes backwards in time and sideways in reality to rescue monkey (as in Journey to the West) who has been frozen as a statute by an enemy. He provides the apprentice figure that is well intentioned and generally a menace to everyone around him, but eventually comes right; pretty standard story line.

To ‘balance out’ things there is also a young girl – Golden Sparrow (played by Liu Yifei) – who wants to kill the said enemy of monkey for her own personal reasons.

A ‘must see’ if you are a Jet Li or Jackie Chan fan.



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