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The Forbidden Kingdom

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DIRECTOR, ROBMINKOFF
LIONS GATE FILMS, INC.
DVD, 113 MINUTES., COLOR, 2008
ENGLISH/MANDARIN SUBTITLES

Reviewed by Elizabeth Parke

Promotional movie posters for The Forbidden Kingdom visually link two of the most recognized kung fu actors, Jet Li and Jackie Chan. Joined at the J, Jackie Chan’s name runs horizontally while Jet Li’s name drops vertically. The use of composite imagery in the film’s marketing strategy is mirrored throughout the film. Using carefully chosen shooting locations—a bamboo forest, a Buddhist cave temple, the Gobi desert, a teahouse, and the well-know myth of the Monkey King—The Forbidden Kingdom presents the audience with a reductive view of ‘China,’ where these parts represent all of China.