The Forbidden Kingdom

Discussion in 'Movies Discussion' started by tard_288, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. tard_288

    tard_288 Member

    Hello all,

    I just saw the movie trailer for The Forbidden Kingdom on yahoo. This is the Monkey King movie staring Jet Li and Jackie Chan. I have to say that it looks completely different from what I was expecting. From the initial ideas, I thought this movie was going to be a disaster. The Monkey King story in modern times?? After the watching the trailer, I may have been wrong. It actually looks very promising now. I am actually looking forward to seeing what this movie is all about. -lol

    Here is a link to the movie trailer:

  2. tard_288

    tard_288 Member

    Does anyone know who the actress in the trailer is?? On, it says that it is:

    Liu YiFei

    It says that she is actress from China but I have not seen her in anything. Anyone have more info on her?? -innocent2
  3. Skyfox

    Skyfox Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting. Can´t wait to watch it.
  4. kale102

    kale102 Member

    Sorry to burst your bubble but it's one of those sell-out movies catering to a Westernized vision of chinese movies. Jackie Chan even reported to the chinese media not to expect too much from the fight scenes.
  5. beckham

    beckham Well-Known Member

    jz hope this movie will be great
    since all ppl around the world is anticipating this movie very long time ago
    i mean Jackie Chan and Jet Li star in a movie
  6. jbaprototype

    jbaprototype Well-Known Member

    isnt Liu YiFei from that condor hero series like 1 yr ago
  7. Protagonist12

    Protagonist12 Member

    Yea she is. I thought she was good in that one. Great acting.
    Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the same movie. Gonna be crazy.
  8. kevdragster

    kevdragster Member

    i can't wait to watch this movie its going to be awesome
  9. xena24good

    xena24good Member

    waitting ..
    jackie chan + jet li
    it will be worth to watch
  10. EvilTofu

    EvilTofu 吃|✿|0(。◕‿◕。)0|✿|吃

    it does look interesting, but still don't know what the main plot is about but i don't want to put too much hope into it as of yet.
  11. golden-pig27

    golden-pig27 Well-Known Member

    Hope it is so good as thr trailer does. Jet -Li and Jacky Chan ... kung fu POWER ! !!!
  12. serenityjun

    serenityjun Active Member

    Yup...good trailer. Kind of remind me to the National treasure, Tomb Raider, Narnia and sorts like that.
  13. WiredBrain

    WiredBrain New Member

    This movie is now available in cinema and I had watched it. It's really good. Anyway, here's a link with the preview:

    The Forbidden Kingdom: Preview
  14. BigC

    BigC Well-Known Member

    ^^Is this movie worth watching, or is it more of a kids movie???
  15. Tony

    Tony Well-Known Member

    I'm not gonna lie, as much of a Jackie Chan and Jet Li fan as I am, I'm going to rate the movie 7 out of 10 stars. It's an average action flick with some funny dialog/scenes. The star power is just to milk money out of you. There are very few good fight scenes and they are mainly just between Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

    Liu Yifei didn't have too many lines but she looked fabulous, especially at the end of the movie-- you'll have to watch it to see it :D
  16. kdotc

    kdotc 안녕하세요빅뱅K-Dragon입니다

    i thoguth it ws goood
  17. burnburn

    burnburn Well-Known Member

    From my blog:

    Fellowship of the Staff


    Jet Li and Jackie Chan's first collaboration is hopefully not their last as this film which follows the classic narrative tale of a child or pre adult's journey into a mystical fantasy world. Filled with people trying to hunt him down for the item in which he possess.

    Michael Angarano surprisingly brings a truthful character out of Jason who loves watching Hong Kong action films. It is these classic Hong Kong films from 70s to present, which the general international market has not really been exposed to that the movie borrows a lot from. Such as Jackie's Drunken Master (Wong Fei Hung) as well as Ronny Yu's, Bride with the White Hair.

    Crystal Liu, who plays an orphaned girl that kicks as, Legolas style, joins the entourage in their quest to revive the Monkey King. It is this plot which I find very much similar to Tolkein's Lord of the Rings as they need to go to the enemy's lair in order to complete the task. But unlike LotR, this film does not have epic battle sequences with our heroes battling hordes of the opposing force.


    Instead, the fighting is mostly 1on1, choreographed by Yueng Woo Ping. Which looked fantastic as usual. But I would've really loved to see the fellowship trapped in some mine, and needing to fight a plethora of Jade soldiers... Though, the comedy of Jackie and Jet saves the lack of epic battles.

    Li Bing Bing played a bounty hunter with White hair that looked a bit purplish... Her English, I must say, was really good compared to all the other Chinese actors. Maybe they should've focused on her character more, to explain why she has such good English skills. Maybe she's a planetary bounty hunter that travels the globe?

    Most Chinese watchers would cringe at the authenticity of the film's language. As all the main characters speak English in the film, that's set in ancient China. Though, about 30% of the film is in Mandarin. I would've prefered the film to have more Mandarin, as I'd be glad to read subtitles. Especially since Jet, Jackie and even Crystal has major speeches in their heavily accented English. There were actually a few lines that Crystal spoke which I had either no idea, or it sounded like swearing.

    Journey to the.... 5 Element Mountain

    Directed by Rob Minkoff, this film was made for children. As his resume includes one of my all time favourite, The Lion King. But scripted by John Fusco, who is writing the remake of The Seven Samurai, seems to need to hone his craft more. As I pointed out earlier, the film is basically made up of parts from classic Wu Xia films. And maybe due to that, his dialogue writing is a bit out of place. Why some characters speak in third person just puzzles me.

    Overall, this is another kids movie, similar to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but set in ancient China with the Monkey King as the backing story. I loved some of the twists in it, but there weren't enough. And with Zhang Yi Mou's epic films, the Forbidden Kingdom just falls short in visual spectacular.

    Crystal Liu, Jackie Chan and Li Bing Bing

    Most likely I felt that the film was rushed through the writing and filming process. It seems as if Yuen Woo Ping, who is the Executive Producer of the film, finally talked Jet and Jackie to be in a movie together. Once they knew when the two big stars were free, they quickly attempted to write an original film by taking parts of older films. Some people may say the production value is high, with nice costumes, but it's incomparable with all the recent Chinese martial art films at all.

    I would've rather they made a strictly Chinese film based on a classic story. Or a crossover of a previous Jackie film and Jet film.... Supercop VS Black Mask anyone? Just joking... but not the classic story part. Actually, what could've worked was if this film was split into two parts. I just felt I wanted more from it....

    I'm sad to say, but I am only giving this film an average score.. well, maybe I'll be a bit lenient.

  18. asiangang

    asiangang Well-Known Member

    it was pretty good :p....serious at most times, but a little bit of comedy mixed
    Good overall though
  19. candeee

    candeee Well-Known Member

    I watched it in the cinema on Sat and found it quite entertaining. Worth the money I paid!
  20. AznFate

    AznFate Well-Known Member

    I haven't watched the movie yet, but I did skim through the trailer.

    It looked promising, but I heard from people who did watch the movie in theaters thought it wasn't that good.