The Forbidden Kingdom (Two-Disc Special Edition + Digital Copy)
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- The Kung Fu Dream Team
- Dangerous Beauty
- Discovering China
- Filming in Chinawood
- Monkey King and the Eight Immortals
- Blooper Reel
- Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Rob Minkoff and John Fusco
- Feature Commentary with Rob Minkoff and John Fusco
- Previsualization Featurette with Commentary by Rob Minkoff
Top Customer Reviews
So the movie's basically a kid film. You have a reluctant hero who gets sent to a fantasy version of China, and along the way he learns martial arts and Eastern philosophy.
What did I like about it? The fight scenes are, for the most part, fantastic. They start off a little weak, get better over time, and then get absolutely fantastic when you have both Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the film. The fight scenes are weakest when there's too much CGI in them -- but most of them are purely physical, and quite good.
The Chinese fantasy aspects are authentic, if not accurate (much in the same way the HBO series Rome is not a completely accurate recounting of events, but an authentic recreation of the tone of ancient Rome). They throw in things like The Monkey King and his golden staff, soldier monks, drunken immortals and even The Bride With White Hair. And the Chinese philosophy, for those familiar with it, is spot on.
Jackie Chan and Jet Li are fantastic not only as fighters, but comedically as well. (There's a scene involving rain that had absolutely everyone in the theater laughing hard.) Anganaro puts in a surprising turn physically -- he looks like he got a lot of martial training. Yifei Liu is heartbreakingly lovely.
It's probably a little scary for young kids -- there is some intense violence in the beginning, for instance. And there are sappy moments, as you would expect for a kid's film. But it means well. I have to say that I had a bit of trouble making out the English of some of the Chinese actors sometimes, tho -- and I'm Chinese-American! I worry others might have even worse problems.
Still, overall, I liked it.
Jason is a young man who is very obsessed with Asian Martial arts films. Most of the time, he spends his time in a pawnshop owned by a kindly old man in the hunt for rare Asian Films. One day, he crosses paths with a gang of bullies who intend to rob the old man. The old man asks Jason to take the staff away from all the chaos and as if by some stroke of fate, Jason find himself in another world, another time. A mystical world ruled by the evil Jade warlord (Collin Chou) who wants the very staff given him by the old man in the pawnshop. Supposedly the staff is the key to power in the kingdom and must be returned to its rightful owner; the Monkey King.Read more ›
Lionsgate sells this movie with a 'digital copy' through Windows Media & Itunes'. THE DIGITAL COPY DISK IS NOT A MOVIE DISK. 'Special Two Disk Edition' doesn't mean two movie disks. Here is what Wikipedia defines a 'digital copy' as: [...]
THE DIGITAL COPY DISK IS A DISK WITH A PROGRAM TO DOWNLOAD A MOVIE. THROUGH LIONSGATE, IT CAN BE EXPIRED WHEN YOU BUY IT! It was expired when we bought it!
You can only use this 'Lionsgate Digital Copy' through the Windows Media program on your computer or and Itunes on your Itunes player (that's IF it hasn't expired). You cannot just stick in this disk and play it. THERE IS NO MOVIE ON THE 'DIGITAL COPY' DISK! The information telling you this is in very, very tiny print on the back of the movie (and supposed to be on attached stickers according to Lionsgate customer support. The advertisements saying you can always have it and play it any time don't tell you this 'little' detail! Here is our response from Lionsgate customer support (because we could not download our 'brand new' digital copy):
Unfortunately, we cannot assist you.
Because the Digital Copy authorization period for this title has expired,
the authorization web page is no longer active and digital copies are no
longer available.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jackie Chan and Jet Li are two of my favorite, yet very different martial artists, so I enjoy watching and rewatching this science-fiction/fantasy starring both of them in this... Read morePublished 8 days ago by William Mortensen Vaughan
An amazing epic movie with a great plot and great references to Chinese mythology. Great action scenes between Jackie Chan and Jet Lee. It doesn't get much better than this.Published 27 days ago by Andrew Hudson
Have you ever had a large dream which places you in an adventure of a lifetime? Such is the theme of this film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norvell J. Maher
A fantastic movie and one that everyone should own. This is a replacement for my collection of Jackie Chan movies. Well made and another of his best.Published 1 month ago by Randall Gleckler
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