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The Forbidden Kingdom

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Original title
The Forbidden Kingdom
Running time
113 min.
United States United States
John Fusco
David Buckley
Peter Pau
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Co-production USA-China; Casey Silver Productions / Huayi Brothers Media / Relativity Media
Action. Adventure. Fantasy | Martial Arts
Movie Groups
Journey to the West
Synopsis / Plot
An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics 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, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.
Critics' reviews
  • "A faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions."
  • "The kung fu is wan and disappointing (...) The story is even worse (...) this phoned-in epic is simply a celebration of the inauthentic."
  • "The missing link between ’00s wushu, ’80s kids’ fantasy and ’70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone. (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)."
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