First Trailer for Jackie Chan and Jet Li's Forbidden Kingdom
by Alex Billington
November 15, 2007
Fan of kung fu and martial arts much? After 101 days of shooting in China, The Forbidden Kingdom has completed principal photography and is now in post-production. Here's the skinny: it stars Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano and Collin Chou; it's directed by Rob Minkoff; and the fight choreography was done by Yuen Wo Ping, who also choreographed the complete Matrix trilogy and both Kill Bill movies. Excited yet? This brand new trailer, currently in low res quality, is pretty much absolute bad ass all contained within one 2-minute video that you've got to see for yourself.
Watch the trailer for The Forbidden Kingdom:
In Forbidden Kingdom, American teenager Jason (Michael Angarano), who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kungfu classics, finds an antique Chinese staff in a pawn shop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King (Jet Li). With the lost relic in hand, Jason unexpectedly finds himself transported back to ancient China.
There, he meets the drunken kungfu master, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan); an enigmatic and skillful Silent Monk (Jet Li); and a vengeance-bent kungfu beauty, Golden Sparrow (Crystal Liu Yi Fei), who lead him on his quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King - imprisoned in stone by the evil Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) for five hundred years. Along the way, while attempting to outmaneuver scores of Jade Warriors, Cult Killers and the deadly White Hair Demoness, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing), Jason learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu, and thus frees himself.
The Forbidden Kingdom was written by John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo) and directed by Rob Minkoff, of Disney's The Lion King, Stuart Little, and The Haunted Mansion. Wait, what, a Disney director doing a kung fu epic?! The film arrives in theaters from Lionsgate next April 18th, 2008.