Holy shit! Jackie Chan and Jet Li to face off in “The Forbidden Kingdom!”

Caught wind of this on NPR on the way home today. Apparently Jackie Chan and Jet Li are in a movie together:

All Things Considered, August 14, 2007 ·  Hengdian, or “Chinawood” as it’s been dubbed, is the world’s largest film studio — and it’s where some of China’s most famous films have been shot. Another movie filming in the southern Chinese city may well join those ranks soon: the long-awaited collaboration between two giants of the martial-arts world, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

A life-size replica of a Qin dynasty palace — supposedly the home to China’s emperors 2,000 years ago — is the backdrop for The Forbidden Kingdom, Chan and Li’s first on-screen encounter.

The two men have wanted to work together for more than 15 years. “If we don’t work together soon, our combined age will hit 100 years old,” Li jokes.

And time is running out for the pair to hit that deadline: This year, their combined age is already 97.

“All day long, Jackie talks about fighting, fighting, fighting. I talk about everything but fighting,” Li says.

Chan’s trademark is his ingenious, improvisational use of props, his acrobatics, his sense of humor and open nature. He says it’s been decades since he’s fought like he does on-screen with Li.

“Fighting with Jet Li is incredibly fast. It’s so fast that everybody on set complains, ‘That was too fast. Can you do it again a bit more slowly?’” Chan says.

It’s enough to make a Martial Arts Movie Geek’s heart explode! According to IMDB the plot is roughly as follows:

A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

OK, so it’s not much to go on… but it’s Jackie Chan and Jet Li in the same movie together!!!!

3 thoughts on “Holy shit! Jackie Chan and Jet Li to face off in “The Forbidden Kingdom!”

  1. The Monkey King is one of the characters in the classic Chinese literary epic, Journey to the West…  It looks like the film will be a very, very, very loose take on the Monkey King story. With an time travelling kid, added in, of course.

  2. First heard about this a few weeks back; been meaning to blog it. How freakin’ cool is it??? I can’t WAIT.

    If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Curse of the Golden Flower. Excellent film with Shakespearean overtones.

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