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The Forbidden Kingdom
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Jacky Chan and Jet Li. Together. Fighting. The ultimate
martial arts fantasy.
The Jacky Chan - Jet Li movie I was talking about so long ago
has finally come out! It's about a American kid who's obsessed with Chinese
kung-fu movies and he somehow gets hold of Wu Kong's magic cudgel and falls
right into a world of immortals, real kung fu, and magic. Apparently he has to give the cudgel back to the
Monkey King in order for him to escape from a prison and defeat the Jade Emperor.
He travels together with this guy called Lu Yan (Jacky Chan) and the silent monk
(Jet Li) who teach him martial arts and fight off hordes of cool enemies like a
white-haired assassin and a scary warlord. When I first heard the summary I was
like "What?! They're making a Xi You Ji story and they're having an AMERICAN BOY
as the main character?!" I imagine Jacky Chan and Jet Li fans had a similar
reaction when finding out that the two stars weren't the stars of their first
collaboration. Anyway then I found out that it wasn't supposed to be a remake of
Journey to the West but simply a movie that used elements of it so then I
thought "Okay that's fine then because then people won't mistake it for the REAL
story". Then I saw Jet Li as the Monkey King and I thought "Oh my god that's
awesome!" I love the ponytail personally, I think it's cool. I also think it's
cool that the Monkey King that I love so much is at least getting some decent
exposure to the whole world. I've heard a
lot of positive reviews about this movie, especially the awesome fighting
'My first response to the film was
"WOW!" "Forbidden Kingdom" opened with a fabulously staged fight scene atop a
mountain. The Monkey King (Jet Li) was taking on a handful of enemies and wiping
'Scenery, fight scenes, music are gorgeous. There are some
hilarious moments in this film particularly when Lu Yan makes rain.'
'...Li and Chan square off in a lengthy, acrobatic fight scene
that is a lot of fun, though it can't be what such a scene might have been even
a decade ago: careful editing now compensates for the 54-year-old Chan's slower
moves and reflexes. Still, Chan doesn't disappoint as Lu Yan, a drunken immortal
in ancient China...'
'Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li was truly fun to watch. We all know it
could've been MUCH better if they were probably 10 or 15 years younger than they
are, but come on, it was still a great fight scene. Praying Mantis, Snake,
Tiger, Crane, all types of Kung-Fu was used. It was definitely something to
'It did feel like it was more geared towards a 'not really
having to think about it' crowd. And you know what. GOOD. I don't always have to
think about stuff when I'm watching a good action flick. I actually had a blast
watching this because I think if it took itself [too] seriously, most of the
fight scenes would have been 'eye rolling' instead of fantastic.'
'"Forbidden Kingdom" is a film I'll certainly see again before
it leaves the theatre as well as probably buying the DVD as soon as it comes
out. I love both Li and Chan and this, in my opinion, was one of the best of
both of their impressive collection of films--and visually, just a stellar
pleasure to watch.'
While you're waiting for the DVD to come out, why not indulge
in some cool movie posters? Look at them, aren't they so beautiful and pretty
and just so awesome? Click to see a larger image and to get more details and to
Li BingBing - Reproduction
Jet Li - Reproduction
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box
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This movie, starring Stephen Chow, is based only loosely on
Xiyouji. It is actually a parody of the story. It has the same characters, and
that's just about it. The plot, the characterizations, the hilarious scenes,
practically everything is original. It's filled to the brim with slapstick humour,
which is what we've come to expect of a Stephen Chow movie. It has been dubbed
by some as the 'Best Stephen Chow movie ever', and even if it isn't, it's surely
one of the best. The story unfolds when a bandit chief, Joker (who is actually
Wu Kong), gets entangled with two sisters who are actually immortals. Without
giving away too much of the plot, let's just say Joker ends up 500 years in the
past, where he gets to meet himself - The Monkey King. Yeah, the plot's a little
messed up and all, but hey, it's laugh-your-ass-off funny! Part One has more
humour scenes than Part Two, so it's a lighter watch too.
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella
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'I once had a love, whom I did not cherish. Now it is too
late. If I could say to her three words, it would be 'I love you'. If I could be
with her again, I wish it would be forever. If there has to be a limit on the
time we have together, I wish it would be ten thousand years.'
The above is a paraphrasing of Joker's lines in the movie. I
watched it when I was around 12 and the words, as well as the feelings those
lines evoked, still linger in my mind. As the lines show, the
continuation of Part One has a much more emotional, touching plot than the
previous one. The ending scene was gorgeous, the plot twists are engaging and
there is, of course, the slapstick humour that has became Stephen Chow's
trademark. The 'Only You' solo by San Zang was priceless!
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This is a Japanese TV series based on Xiyouji which was
produced in Japan and released during the 1970s in the UK, dubbed in English.
Its first season was a huge success, which led to a not-quite-so-successful
production of the second season. The comical series largely follows the basic
structure of Xiyouji, but with many variations and original scenes. There have
been various remakes of this 'cult classic', and currently a Monkey rerun is
being shown in the UK.
Note of interest: Incidentally, during the span of the
series, the pilgrims never reached their destination.
NEW! The most recent remake stars Katori Shingo, famous member of
SMAP, as Monkey. Click on the image below for more information. Alternatively,
go here for
more information and screencaps and to discuss the series.
This is a Cantonese serial drama produced in Hong Kong,
starring Dicky Cheung (Zhang Wei Jian)
as Sun Wu Kong in the first season, but he was replaced in
the second season by Benny Chan. The series is full of humour, drama, and
action/adventure. It follows the storyline, albeit somewhat loosely, and there
are lots of variations in order to make the series more accessible and appealing
to modern audiences. This is my favourite adaptation of Journey to the West, and
the most entertaining and comical version I have seen
so far. To put it plainly, I loved it. Unfortunately, there
is no English dub.There is now. Kind of. See below for more
Fortunately, there is now a group subbing this series in English! YAY! I'm also
one of the translators, and you can go
to see the subbed episodes and progress reports. Right now you can see half of
Episode 1 with English subs. We've finished translating and editing Episode 1
and hopefully the full version will be out soon!
Episode 1 is finally done! Go
download the full Episode 1 of this show with English subs! Completely free!
(LOL of course this is a fan project what do you expect?) There's also a
Spanish sub of Episode 1 available, courtesy of afro monkey.
The same person who is the coordinator of the English subbing project is making
an English dub of it and I'm going to help out as well! He's put up part of
Episode 1 dubbed in English on Youtube. He did all of the voices can you believe
it? Yeah, so click on the following links for the only English dub for this show
available in the whole wide world!
This is a very famous Chinese live
action TV series produced by CCTV in
1986, starring Liu Xiao Ling Tong as Sun Wu Kong, and
directed by Yang Jie (click here for her pictures). It
follows the original storyline faithfully and is widely
regarded as a classic. The portrayal of Sun Wu Kong by Liu Xiao Ling Tong
is by far the best and most masterful. If Sun Wu Kong was real, this would be
what he would look like. Unfortunately, there is no English dub. However, a
reader has informed me that there IS a Spanish dub, which was 'broadcasted in
México in the year 1996 by a small Mexican Cable Network named "TVC" (Television
por Cable)'. Thank you Jose for the info! Apparently, 'the Latino Actor who
plays the voice of Sun Wu Kong is 99% similar to the Original Chinese Actor!' If
anyone knows where you can get the DVDs of it, just
Thanks to Afro Monkey, you can now download all the episodes with English and
Chinese subs from the D-Addicts forum! Click on the following links to download
Many thanks to René from the
providing the episode list in Chinese, and also the scans of the translated
titles and other information to aid me in translating the episode titles. I
translated it myself, so it might not be that accurate. If you find any
inaccuracies, just e-mail me. ^_^
Note of interest: At the later episodes, the kings all wear
Indian costumes, instead of traditional Chinese costumes,
to show that the pilgrims are getting closer and closer to their destination.
here to discuss and to see a review of this film.
The Monkey King a.k.a. The Lost Empire
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Thanks to the reader who informed me about this! Apparently this is a
'2 part, 4 hour mini-series by the
This is a summary provided by the
same reader: 'Instead of Sanzo finding Son Goku in the mountain, a young museum
director gets sent to the "Spirit World" instead. Now, Son Goku and this Young
Dude must stop the original manuscript of Journey to the West from being
There's lots of information, including cast, production credits, and best of all, lots of pretty piccies and screencaps here!