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The Forbidden Kingdom

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(No longer in theaters)
  • Rating: PG-13 — for sequences of martial arts action and some violence
  • Director: Rob Minkoff   Cast: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Collin Chou, Yifei Liu
  • Running Time: 113 minutes
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Ryan Kavanaugh, Casey Silver



Release Date

Apr 18, 2008

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In The Forbidden Kingdom, a teenage martial-arts maven (Michael Angarano) passes through a portal in time and is trained by Jackie Chan and Jet Li to go up against the Jade Emperor and free the imprisoned imp-sage the Monkey King (also Li). Having marveled at these stars in their prime, I’m too aware of the occasional stunt double and the way the shots end right before what would have been the most thrilling acrobatics. But now I sound like Jade(d) Critic! Once past the clunky prologue, the film is great fun, with a good balance between computer effects and athleticism. The best part is when Chan resurrects his drunken-master fighting style and goes hand-to-hand with the stoic but furious Li. Given their histories, every blow lands like a caress.