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Jackie Chan (Actor) | Jet Li (Actor) | Collin Chou | Li Bing Bing
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The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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Who wouldn't want to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li? That fanboy dream has been realized in The Forbidden Kingdom, a fantasy martial arts adventure starring the two action legends. Chan dusts off his Drunken Master moves to play "Drunken Immortal" Lu Yan, a perpetually drunk martial arts master who locks horns with the Silent Monk (Jet Li) for an entertaining mano-a-mano martial arts duel choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Their duel is just the tip of the iceberg in this Hollywood-produced pinata of HK film love. The filmmakers clearly have done their Hong Kong Cinema homework, working in references to Journey to the West, old Shaw Brothers films, and even new wave classics like The Bride with White Hair! But it all hinges on Jackie and Jet, and the long-awaited teaming of these two legends doesn't disappoint.

Boston teen Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angrarano) loves old Hong Kong films - and soon, he finds himself in one! After discovering an ancient staff in a pawn shop, Jason is thrown into the past, and sent on a quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King (Jet Li). A captive of the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou of Flashpoint), the Monkey King has other allies looking out for him, including the Silent Monk (Jet Li again) and the mysterious Golden Swallow (Liu Yi Fei). The two warriors team up with Jason and drunken martial arts master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) to save the Monkey King and end the Jade Warlord's evil reign, but the group faces numerous obstacles, including the pursuit of the deadly White-Haired Assassin (Li Bing Bing of World Without Thieves). Meanwhile, Lu Yan and the Silent Monk begin training Jason in martial arts, in hopes that he can help them in their final battle against the Jade Warlord.

This edition comes with cast interview, gala premiere, making of, and trailer.

Note: This release only comes with the Cantonese audio version of the film. The Cantonese version is not dubbed by the original cast.

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Product Title: The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 功夫之王 (2008) (DVD) (雙碟版) (香港版) 功夫之王 (2008) (DVD) (双碟版) (香港版) ドラゴン・キングダム (The Forbidden Kingdom : 功夫之王) (香港版) The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Jackie Chan (Actor) | Jet Li (Actor) | Collin Chou | Li Bing Bing | Crystal Liu 成龍 (Actor) | 李 連杰 (Actor) | 鄒 兆龍 | 李冰冰 | 劉亦菲 成龙 (Actor) | 李 连杰 (Actor) | 邹 兆龙 | 李冰冰 | 刘亦菲 成龍(ジャッキー・チェン) (Actor) | 李連杰(ジェット・リー) (Actor) | 鄒兆龍(コリン・チョウ) | 李冰冰(リー・ビンビン) | 劉亦菲(リウ・イーフェイ) | マイケル・アンガラノ 성룡 (Actor) | 이연걸 (Actor) | Collin Chou | Li Bing Bing | Crystal Liu
Director: Rob Minkoff 洛文高夫 Rob 洛文高夫 ロブ・ミンコフ Rob Minkoff
Producer: Yuen Woo Ping 袁和平 袁和平 袁和平(ユエン・ウーピン) Yuen Woo Ping
Release Date: 2008-06-20
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: United States, Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIA
Duration: 105 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 140 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010917041

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* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS-ES, Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9
* Special Features:
- Trailer
- Cast & Crew Interview
- Premiere
- Behind The Scene
- Photo Gallery

導演︰洛文高夫
Director: Rob Minkoff

美國青年積遜(米高安格尼奧 飾)是一位超級中國功夫迷,偶然之下,他於唐人街某當舖裡,發現了神秘金箍棒,並帶領他跨越時空,穿過「無門之門」來到古代中國!積遜獲贈一大驚世預言,要他把這件武器交還予其主人,從而解救被困在石頭中五百年的齊天大聖。

尋覓過程荊棘滿途,積遜結識了一眾來自武俠世界及古代傳說中的人物──包括號稱是「八仙」之一暨「醉拳大師」的吟游詩人盧炎(成龍 飾)、神秘而寡言的默僧強人(李連杰 飾)、報仇心切的俠女金燕子(劉亦菲 飾)等。一行四人攀山涉水趕往五行山,發現「齊天大聖」竟被邪惡玉帝督軍(鄒兆龍 飾)禁錮在那裡。玉帝督軍派出頭號殺手──冷血白髮魔女霓裳(李冰冰 飾)率領逾萬大軍追殺四人。連場生死大戰令積遜身歷其境,最後他能否把金箍棒交抵主人手中?穿越時空又是怎麼的一回事?冥冥中一切像有主宰……

In the azure mist of winter, a lone figure crouches and moves in hypnotic, poetic beauty. The Great Sage, also known as The Monkey King, expertly cuts the air with his bo staff, carefully watched by Macaque monkeys. Suddenly several Jade Warriors attack him, but he expertly dispatches them one by one with his staff, as the monkeys screech in witness to the exchange.
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May 13, 2009

A captivating collaboration of the kings of kung fu
Kids growing up in the 80s should have fond memories of The Neverending Story, a West Germany film about a bullied boy who stumbles upon a magical book which takes him to a strange fantasy land, meeting all sorts of fantastical creatures on his out-of-this-world adventure. This untouchable children classic, the Harry Potter of its time, inspired thrills and joy and awe in this editor's mind. Unexpectedly, similar emotions were evoked some twenty years later by a Hollywood flick called The Forbidden Kingdom.

Kingdom has yet other similarities with Story, like both films opening with a flying-through-a-sea-of-cloud shot followed by that of the protagonist waking up from a dream. Simply replace the magical book in the Story premise above with a magical staff, and the fantastical creatures with fantastical kung fu warriors, and you'll have the backbone to Kingdom. Here, our boy Jason (Michael Angarano) is a nerdy white teenager, a huge fan of kung fu films, and a victim of the local thugs. He is befriended by the old keeper (Jackie Chan in wonderful makeup!) of the neighborhood Chinese pawnshop, and after an incident, he is sent on a mission to return a magical staff to its rightful owner - the legendary Monkey King Sun Wukong (Jet Li wreaking havoc in playful mood!).

From the first frame of film, the filmmakers have demonstrated their affection for Chinese kung fu cinema. The nicely edited opening sequence of poster images from Shaw Brothers, Bruce Lee, and other classic Chinese martial arts movies puts the viewers in the right mood for what is to come. And what comes is an enchanting tale filled with references to, and well-known characters from Chinese folklore legends, Taoist mythology, and modern wuxia films.

Through the magical staff, Jason is thrown into this ancient Chinese martial world where the mortals live under the tyranny of the powerful and treacherous Jade Warlord (another commanding performance from the underrated Collin Chou). Jason, being the stranger with the staff, is believed to be the "Seeker" in the "Prophecy". He is chased by the Jade Warlord's minions, but is saved by the Drunken Master (Jackie Chan), who may be one of the Eight Immortals. Soon they are joined by a revenge-minded girl known as Golden Sparrow (the lovely Liu Yifei) and the mysterious Silent Monk (Jet Li). Together, the foursome embark on a dangerous journey to the Five Elements Mountain, the lair of the Jade Warlord and where the Monkey King is frozen in stone, but they must first traverse the deadly desert and escape from the deadlier Bride with White Hair (Li Bingbing).

The J-vs-J sequence is rightly regarded as the centerpiece of the movie. While it may not be the best movie fight ever, it is an event for the genre simply for the fact that the two titans are in it together, and it is professionally done with appropriate style, grace, power, and awesomeness that underline their kung fu kings status. On the other hand, the much criticized Michael Angarano is not too shabby either, coming off as a likeable young man who has taken a lot of beating in his training to become a martial artist. In a year that also saw the release of the animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda, Hollywood has done a major service to promote Chinese kung fu to a broader audience, and here's hoping more films of the caliber of The Forbidden Kingdom will get made.
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Customer Review of "The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.5 out of 10 (8)

Yasar
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October 18, 2009

Not so Good Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
The Forbidden Kingdom is a dissapointing movie for me.I am a huge fan of Jackie Chan,Jet Li and Yuen Wo Ping and this film is not one their best work.The film is a little bit similer to the classic ' Never Ending Story' but in a martial arts kind of way and the whole feel of the story is just dull.I also should havelisten to my friends saying that do not watch it if you are a die hard fan of Jackie Chan and Jet Li.The only audience I think who are really going to enjoy it are kids and people who are not maga fans of Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

Also I am not saying that the film is one of the worst but there are few good moments in it and there are when the film starts,the fight between Chan and Li is breathtaking and there are few good fantasies moments.

Beautiful to look at.
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Axel
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September 7, 2008

1 people found this review helpful

Watch it for the double-J team-up Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Okay, so it ain't the best movie ever. But you obviously didn't watch it for the story: you watched it to see the once-in-a-life-time collaboration between two of the world's greatest martial artists! ....and damn it was worth it.

Just watch it.......because you'll prob never get to see anything else like it!

....oh, and Li Bingbing was really hot in this.....
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Nice Tambourine
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August 11, 2008

Jackie + Jet = 100 Years of Age Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
If you add up Jackie and Jet's ages, you'll get a number pretty close to 100. That's the biggest problem with The Forbidden Kingdom. The two kung-fu kings are clearly past their prime, so this long-awaited teaming is a bit of a let down. That said, the film could have been a lot worse, especially since it's a Hollywood production produced by our heroes at The Weinstein Company. The guys who made this film have some obvious love for Hong Kong movies, and even though we have the lame American hero (Michael Arganganonano, or whatever his name is), he's not as offensive as he could have been. Jackie and Jet are okay, too. Not bad for a kid's film, which it pretty much is.
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Skybanana
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July 27, 2008

Great movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i love this movie, i am fan of jackie and jet li for years, finaly they made movie together, can't wait to buy the bluray version of it.
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Jen
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July 23, 2008

Good but not Great Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This movie is a good movie if your pretty much only in it for the action and well Sun WuKung. I have been a Monkey King fan for a long time now it seems.... The movie starts out kind of corny and not that great.. If You get pass the start of the movie and the kid, the movie is great. Its not so much that the kid is American that gets me.. its just the way that its done, is a bit.. well tacky.

Getting to see WuKung fight and do his thing with newer type graphic effects is worth getting the movie on its own. All in all this movie has its flaws but is still fun to watch. I give this movie an 8 because its good but it could use a bit more spice.
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