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The Forbidden Kingdom

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Rob Minkoff

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About the Movie

An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 127
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 45
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Forbidden Kingdom is a faithful and disarmingly earnest attempt to honor some venerable and popular Chinese cinematic traditions. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The filmmakers come off like their protagonist, wide-eyed tourists in an exotic realm. If you've been looking for a martial arts film to take granny and the kids to, this might be the one, but a Jackie Chan-Jet Li collaboration deserves better than that. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: When Chan and Li match wits, each celebrates the other's presence. This isn't just a martial-arts display; it's generosity and camaraderie in motion. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A sufficiently entertaining diversion. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie comes with a digital-copy when you buy the 2-Disc special edition of the film, & it's compatible with iTunes & Windows. Just thought I'd let people know, since I am the first review.

Great movie. Would be even better if Itunes

Loved the movie. Great action sequences and a nice plot. Hate the fact that as a hearing imparied viewer I once again miss a lot of the dialogue because Itunes refuses to make the subtitles for the hearing impaired available.

The first of it's kind!!!!

This film is not only a wonderful action/adventure fantasy but also very beautiful in it's own creation!! Marking the very first collaboration between martial arts masters, Jackie Chan and Jet Li, Kung-Fu fans will NOT be disappointed! It is a rollercoaster for everyone to enjoy!!!

The Forbidden Kingdom
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2008

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