Who wouldn't want to see Jackie Chan fight Jet Li? That fanboy dream has been realized in The Forbidden Kingdom
, a fantasy martial arts adventure starring the two action legends. Chan dusts off his Drunken Master
moves to play "Drunken Immortal" Lu Yan, a perpetually drunk martial arts master who locks horns with the Silent Monk (Jet Li) for an entertaining mano-a-mano martial arts duel choreographed by Yuen Woo Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
). Their duel is just the tip of the iceberg in this Hollywood-produced pinata of HK film love. The filmmakers clearly have done their Hong Kong Cinema homework, working in references to Journey to the West, old Shaw Brothers films, and even new wave classics like The Bride with White Hair
! But it all hinges on Jackie and Jet, and the long-awaited teaming of these two legends doesn't disappoint.
Boston teen Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angrarano) loves old Hong Kong films - and soon, he finds himself in one! After discovering an ancient staff in a pawn shop, Jason is thrown into the past, and sent on a quest to return the staff to its rightful owner, the Monkey King (Jet Li). A captive of the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou of Flashpoint), the Monkey King has other allies looking out for him, including the Silent Monk (Jet Li again) and the mysterious Golden Swallow (Liu Yi Fei). The two warriors team up with Jason and drunken martial arts master Lu Yan (Jackie Chan) to save the Monkey King and end the Jade Warlord's evil reign, but the group faces numerous obstacles, including the pursuit of the deadly White-Haired Assassin (Li Bing Bing of World Without Thieves). Meanwhile, Lu Yan and the Silent Monk begin training Jason in martial arts, in hopes that he can help them in their final battle against the Jade Warlord.