The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Director
Rob Minkoff

Main cast
Jackie Chan; Jet Li; Michael Angarano; Li Bingbing; Collin Chou

Genres
Adventure, Fantasy, Action

Description
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 travelling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.


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