Last Thursday, I was invited by Nuffnang once again for another movie press screening. This time it is Forbidden Kingdom.
As I have watched the trailer before, I know that this movie is going to be in English. Yes, Jackie Chan and Jet Li will be speaking in English most of the time. It all starts with Jason () a fans of Shaw Brothers' kungfu movies having found a golden staff in an antique store ran by an old Chinese man.
He was then teleported in to another world which look like China and sound like China but I don't think it's China. I think it is Jason's fantasy world of the Shaw Brothers' kungfu movies. At first everyone only speaks in Mandarin but after Lu Yan said to Jason "Because you're not listening hard enough", suddenly everyone knows how to speak in English. In this world, Jason found himself as the chosen one (sounds familiar) to return the golden staff to the Monkey King (Jet Li). As he travels, along the way he met Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) which is a master of Drunken Fist style of kungfu, Golden Sparrow (Liu Yi Fei), The Monk (Jet Li), and chased by villain like the Bride with White Hair (Li Bing Bing), and the Warlord (Collin Chou).
For those of you that is not familiar with Shaw Brothers' movie, Golden Sparrow is a character in of their movie Come Drink With Me (大醉俠) which is played by Cheng Pei-Pei who is famous for the role of Silver Fox she played in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Travelling through the dessert like Journey to the West
Interesting thing to note is that some of the character from like the immortals are from the story Journey to the West, the first time we see Monkey King God and The Heavenly King speaks in English. Shaw Brothers also made a few movies on the story Journey to the West. Also the villain Bride with White Hair is another character from another movie that is based on a martial arts novel written by Leung Yu-Sang.
The Bride with White Hair (Li Bing Bing)
This is why I say this is a fantasy world of the kungfu movies cramped into one. One have to really watch this movie with open mind to appreciate this movie. Two of my friends watched and they told me it is not too bad at all. Not many films you'll get to see Jackie Chan fighting Jet Li.
Dueling it out between Lu Yan & The Monk
Fighting over a stick? Both got your own, right?
Jokes aside, one of my favourite fight scene is Jackie Chan fighting the soldiers with his 8 Immortal Drunken Fist style kungfu. I like his movie back in the late 70s which is comical kungfu fighting.
Lu Yan teaching Jason the way to do a good fart
Golden Sparrow (Liu Yi Fei)
The Warlord (Collin Chao)
Overall, it's quite an entertaining flick if you watch it with an open mind and accepting that Jackie Chan and Jet Li speaks in English. It's more for the American market, it's opening week is top in the Box Office in US. You must first empty your cup to fill in more tea.