April 18, 2008
Director: Rob Minkoff
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of martial arts action and some violence)
Screenwriter: John Fusco
Starring: Michael Angarano, Li Bingbing, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Collin Chou, Crystal Liu Yi Fei
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: ForbiddenKingdommovie.com
A 21st Century American teenager takes a spellbinding, dangerous journey into martial arts legend in the new action/adventure epic "The Forbidden Kingdom." Shot on location in China, "The Forbidden Kingdom" marks the historic first-ever onscreen pairing of martial arts superstars Jackie Chan ("Rush Hour," "Drunken Master") and Jet Li ("Fearless," "Once Upon a Time in China"), and features the awe-inspiring action choreography of Woo-Ping Yuen ("The Matrix," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). While hunting down bootleg kung-fu DVDs in a Chinatown pawnshop, Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano - "24", "Will & Grace," "Lords of Dogtown," "Seabiscuit") makes an extraordinary discovery that sends him hurtling back in time to ancient China. There, Jason is charged with a monumental task: he must free the fabled warrior the Monkey King, who has been imprisoned by the powerful Jade Warlord. Jason is joined in his quest by wise kung fu master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) and a band of misfit warriors including Silent Monk (Jet Li). But only by learning the true precepts of kung fu can Jason hope to succeed - and find a way to get back home.