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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 traveling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.Written by
At first, the original theatrical trailer revealed the overall story of Jason Tripitikas ( Michael Angarano ) being the central character that unites The Monkey King ( Jet Li ) and Lu Yan ( Jackie Chan ) as side characters during his adventure. Fan reaction and feedback was so negative to this reveal that a new trailer was hastily edited that focused only on Jet Li and Jackie Chan's interactions, with no mentions of Michael Angarano, in the hopes that fans would not focus so negatively on the pair's supportive roles for the movie. See more »
Jason, referring to the game Virtua Fighter 2, states that a character uses the "Buddha's Palm" technique. The only Virtua Fighter character that uses the move is Lei Fei. Lei Fei did not appear in the series until Virtua Fighter 4, and didn't get the "Buddha's Palm" move until Virtua Fighter 5. See more »
This is an incredible fantasy adventure movie about Hong Kong cinema-obsessed American teenager Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano) discovering the powerful staff of the legendary Monkey King in a Chinatown pawn shop. In an attempted robbery, shop owner Hop (Jackie Chan) is wounded, but tells Jason to return the staff to its rightful owner. After fleeing from the thieves and falling off a building, he awakens into ancient China, where he finds himself on an unforgettable journey to free the Monkey King (Jet Li).
This is a classic-style martial arts/fantasy movie that I've found to be very entertaining, and, even though the martial arts element is pretty cliché, the story is fresh and captivating - from Jason learning Kung-Fu to the appearances of the mystical characters such as the Jade Warlord, White-Hair Witch and the Silent Monk.
There is an endless supply of martial-arts action, courtesy of some very notable Chinese martial arts star such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Collin Chou, and it gives the film continued excitement and non-stop fun for its save-the-Monkey King quest. Even the subplot about Jason overcoming his personal adversaries is a captivating element. The beautiful Yifei Liu and Bingbing Li make great leading actresses and they provided great on-screen chemistry and drama.
Overall, it is a neat, fun and adventurous film - recommended for any martial arts-genre movie fans.
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