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Friday, April 25, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom: Great Not New

The Forbidden Kingdom is the product of the first joint project of the two legendary Martial Arts actors of this generation--Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Definitely, the two icons being together in a movie makes the film a must-see. What makes it more interesting and enticing is that the movie brings out the forte of the two legends.

In Forbidden Kingdom, American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano), 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 (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China.

There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent Kung Fu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself. ( )

A mix of fantasy, action and comedy, The Forbidden Kingdom is a movie to see. You can never realize that you have spent an hour and thirty minutes of your time because of its fast pace. The music, animation and the special effects are really good. However, I see the storyline as not very unique. But it doesn't mean that it was not a good story, it was just not new to me. As a whole, I enjoyed watching the movie. I can't remember blinking my eyes in the duration of the movie. I encourage the people out there who do not yet watch the movie. It is a movie worth your money.

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