‘The Forbidden Kingdom’

From Los Angeles Times:

The Forbidden Kingdom” is kung fu light, the kind of martial arts family film that results when the director who made “Stuart Little” and “The Lion King” gets to work with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Of course, the great martial arts films of the past didn’t exactly feature scripts by Ingmar Bergman or Graham Greene. What they did have was a hard-core integrity that reveled in exhilarating action and didn’t worry overly much about market share.

However the presence of high-profile executive producers like Ryan Kavanaugh, Raffaella De Laurentiis and Jon Feltheimer in addition to producer Casey Silver and director Rob Minkoff signals that “Kingdom” has been envisioned as a major international moneymaker that, in De Laurentiis’ words, “will appeal to both the East and the West.”

April 17, 2008 6:20 PM
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