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Sharon Agathon
04-13-2007, 11:30 AM
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Jackie Chan & Jet Li to star in The Forbidden Kingdom.
The first film pairing of kung fu stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li will tell the tale of an American teenager's fantasy journey to ancient China to rescue a mythological monkey king, the film's U.S. distributor said Wednesday.
''The Forbidden Kingdom'' will start shooting May 2 in movie studios in Hengdian, located southwest of Shanghai, and neighboring locations, the movie's producer, Casey Silver, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

The project has drawn attention because of the teaming of the two stars but plot details have been scarce.

The story line originates from the classic Chinese novel ''Journey to the West,'' in which a monkey king helps guard a Buddhist monk who searches for religious texts.

In this new version, the teenager, a fan of kung fu movies, travels back in time after discovering the monkey king's stick weapon in a Chinatown pawn shop, film distributor Lionsgate said in a news release.

While Chan's and Li's roles are still under wraps, the film could offer a sharp contrast of fighting styles. Chan is known for his improvisational, defensive moves while Li tends to dominate his on-screen opponents.

Famed kung fu choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, known for his work on the Matrix trilogy, will design the action sequences in ''Forbidden Kingdom,'' and Rob Minkoff, who made Stuart Little and The Lion King, will direct the movie. Cinematographer Peter Pau, who won an Oscar for his work on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will shoot the movie.

Both Chan and Li made their names in Hong Kong cinema before moving on to Hollywood.

Chan was recently filming the third installment of the Rush Hour series with Chris Tucker. Li's recent Hollywood credits include Cradle 2 the Grave and Kiss of the Dragon. - CraveOnline

Hogan
04-13-2007, 11:33 AM
I thought Li was done making movies and was going to retire?

Lunchbox McGillicuddy
04-13-2007, 11:38 AM
"In this new version, the teenager, a fan of kung fu movies, travels back in time"

Love both of these guys but that sounds awful, in line with "Last Action Hero" almost

Sri Krishna
04-13-2007, 08:30 PM
I read about this some time ago. I'm sort of familar with the Journey to the West story and I know all about Wukong, the Monkey King. As far as what I read about Jet Li he just said he was done with Martial Arts movies but wanted to remain semi active in the movie business.

Wattson
04-14-2007, 12:32 PM
I've heard about this before and I'm sooooooo excited.
I don't even care if the plot is really bad, I want to see it.
The plot reminds me of that wuxia film that Chan made within the last few years, The Myth or something, where he's an archaeologist and gets transported back to ancient china. that's another movie I want to see. :P

Zulu
04-14-2007, 03:51 PM
Sounds pretty cheesy, but then again, these type of movies are not exactly renowned for their epic stories or grand acting. It's all about action, and it sounds pretty good.

templeofanubis
04-14-2007, 05:32 PM
This is the first I've heard about it, but it sounds interesting and worth a look. It will be very interesting to see how the fight sequences will look considering their different styles of fighting

jewess crabcake
04-14-2007, 06:25 PM
I thought Li was done making movies and was going to retire?

Sharon Agathon
04-14-2007, 06:28 PM
I guess he couldn't pass this golden oppurtunity! :D

jewess crabcake
04-14-2007, 06:30 PM
The storyline will be crap but I've been waiting ages to see these 2 together. Also Fearless was fucking kick ass.

Sharon Agathon
04-14-2007, 06:36 PM
The storyline will be crap but I've been waiting ages to see these 2 together. Also Fearless was fucking kick ass.
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jewess crabcake
04-14-2007, 06:45 PM
God Bless China, sometimes I hate the US,

Mickrulz
04-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Sounds good just to see the Jet Li and Jackie Chan pairing if nothing else.

greyfit
04-14-2007, 11:48 PM
This movie is gonna be damn cheesy. But I'll watch it anyway.

ebonhawk
04-24-2007, 06:19 AM
haha i dunno how its gonna turn out but i cant wait for it =P

TheTransporter
04-24-2007, 11:49 PM
I thought Jet and Chan were retired. Knowing these guys, they're probably bored out of their minds. I wonder how much money they'll make of this deal.

Brandy
05-07-2007, 01:32 PM
Jet Li's the greatest

pedo mc tax me softly, black person (whom i love)
05-07-2007, 01:53 PM
Sounds good just to see the Jet Li and Jackie Chan pairing if nothing else.

If they don't fight each other I'm going to be pissed.

Sharon Agathon
05-07-2007, 02:32 PM
If they don't fight each other I'm going to be pissed.
:O If there is a fight it's going to be short one. Anyone remembers what happen when to Yuen Biao when he tries to go up against Jet Li in Once Upon A Time In China? :p

pedo mc tax me softly, black person (whom i love)
05-08-2007, 08:36 PM
:O If there is a fight it's going to be short one. Anyone remembers what happen when to Yuen Biao when he tries to go up against Jet Li in Once Upon A Time In China? :p

Jackie Chan would probably do something corny like grab a convenient metal object and use it to block Jet Li's punches or something and make his hands sore, then run away.

thefirstscout
04-22-2008, 08:20 AM
Saw it this weekend with my oldest son. We both liked it. A little cheesy, here and there, it's got some heart to it, but I'd see it again. I read that the director actually had to ask Chan and Li to slow down because they were too fast for the camera.

Lunchbox McGillicuddy
04-22-2008, 09:25 AM
Don't revive old threads, you should have made a new one