Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked Movie: The Forbidden Kingdom

Our daughters have been recommending this movie to us for several years, and we finally got around to watching it. Any movie with both Jackie Chan and Jet Li has to be a certain amount of fun, I think, and this one is. The plot has a young American fan of martial arts movies being magically transported to another realm (the Forbidden Kingdom of the title), so he can restore a fighting staff to the Monkey King, who's been encased in stone by a bad guy. Lots of stuff happens, usually involving elaborately staged fights. Chan is a drunken immortal, Li a bad-ass monk, and I'd never really heard of anybody else in the film. But it looks great and is quite entertaining. I'm glad we finally managed to watch it.

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