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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
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Jet Li
Jackie Chan
Michael Angarano
Collin Chou
Yifei Liu
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Rob Minkoff
Screenwriters
John Fusco
Running Time
104 minutes

The Forbidden Kingdom
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The Forbidden Kingdom

Plot
Kung fu-obsessed Jason Tripitikas (Angarano) falls off a roof while holding a Chinese fighting staff, and is somehow transported to ancient China. There, he is tasked with freeing the powerful Monkey King with the help of drunk immortal Lu Yan (Chan) and Silent Monk (Jet Li).


Verdict
The missing link between ’00s wushu, ’80s kids’ fantasy and ’70s chop-socky, this manages to be thoroughly entertaining - and the face-off between Chan and Li is worth the entrance price alone.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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