History Film / TheForbiddenKingdom

1st Dec '17 11:04:12 AM xcountryguy
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The blade of the Jade Warlord's weapon is smashed into the floor, and then dragged across the room. It cuts through the stone floor like butter. Granted, this is probably a magical blade, but still.
* ActionGirl: Golden Sparrow. Kung fu, throwing darts, and DualWielding short-swords.

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* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The blade of the Jade Warlord's weapon is smashed into the floor, and then dragged across the room. It cuts through the stone floor like butter. Granted, this is probably a magical blade, but still.
butter.
* ActionGirl: Golden Sparrow. Sparrow knows Kung fu, Fu, is a master at throwing darts, darts and DualWielding short-swords.



* CelebrityParadox: Jason is a kung fu movie fan, but apparently does not recognise Jet Li and Jackie Chan's characters as eerily similar in appearance to the actors. It is possible that those actors did not make martial arts movies in Jason's setting.

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* CelebrityParadox: Jason is a kung fu movie fan, but apparently does not recognise Jet Li and Jackie Chan's characters as eerily similar in appearance to the actors. It is possible that those actors did not make martial arts movies in Jason's setting.their actors.



* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD cover is basically the same as the poster above, with the protagonist clearly absent in both name and image.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: CoversAlwaysLie:
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The DVD cover is basically the same as the poster above, with the protagonist clearly absent in both name and image.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ni Chang is able to shoot Lu Yan in the back from really far away ''and she couldn't even see him.''

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ni Chang is able to shoot Lu Yan in the back from really far away ''and she couldn't even see him.''miles away.
24th Oct '17 2:47:21 PM xcountryguy
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* ActionSurvivor: Jason, obviously.

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* ActionSurvivor: Jason, obviously.Jason has no skills in his new martial arts world but gets skilled enough to survive many ordeals.



* AnObnoxiousOfBullies The protagonist gets harassed and almost killed by a few.



* BookEnds: Set in an extreme version of [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah Hollywood Boston]]. Probably because they had a list of American cities with Chinatowns, and Boston is where the dart landed.
** To be fair, portions of it were actually FILMED in Boston's Chinatown district, as opposed to some soundstage or studio lot.
* CelebrityParadox: Jason is a kung fu movie fan, but apparently does not recognise Jet Li and Jackie Chan's characters as eerily similar in appearance to the actors.
** Averted somewhat as the movies Jason watches all appear to be Bruce Lee / Shaw Brothers movies (of which this film is an homage). It's possible that Jason hasn't ''seen'' any of their movies, or they don't exist in this setting.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The Monkey King's clones.]] Also the staff, but that got fired so early it doesn't count.

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* BookEnds: Set The beginning and end of the movie are set in an extreme version of [[HahvahdYahdInMyCah Hollywood Boston]]. Probably because they had a list Since parts of American cities with Chinatowns, and Boston is where the dart landed.
** To be fair, portions of it
movie were actually FILMED filmed in Boston's Chinatown district, as opposed to some soundstage or studio lot.
district it is justified.
* CelebrityParadox: Jason is a kung fu movie fan, but apparently does not recognise Jet Li and Jackie Chan's characters as eerily similar in appearance to the actors.
** Averted somewhat as the movies Jason watches all appear to be Bruce Lee / Shaw Brothers movies (of which this film
actors. It is an homage). It's possible that Jason hasn't ''seen'' any of their movies, or they don't exist those actors did not make martial arts movies in this Jason's setting.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Monkey King's clones.]] Also the staff, but clones. It turns out that got fired so early it doesn't count.Jet Li's character is a clone all along.]]



* CoversAlwaysLie: The dvd cover is basically the same as the poster above, with the protagonist clearly absent in both name and image.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The dvd DVD cover is basically the same as the poster above, with the protagonist clearly absent in both name and image.



* DarkActionGirl: Ni Chang.
* DeathByOriginStory: Golden Sparrow's parents.

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* %%* DarkActionGirl: Ni Chang.
* %%* DeathByOriginStory: Golden Sparrow's parents.



* DesignatedGirlFight: Sparrow vs Ni Chang, just as glorious as any other fight scene in the movie.
* DespairEventHorizon: In the desert, Jason goes through a "We're not gonna make it, are we?" moment. Needless to say, the monk's pep talk makes him get over it pretty quickly.

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* DesignatedGirlFight: Sparrow vs vs. Ni Chang, just as glorious as any other fight scene in the movie.
* DespairEventHorizon: In the desert, Jason goes through a "We're not gonna make it, are we?" moment. Needless to say, the monk's A quick pep talk makes gets him get over it pretty quickly.through it.



* EvilGloating: Several instances, most notably the Jade Warlord before he tries to have Jason executed

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* EvilGloating: Several instances, most notably the Jade Warlord before he tries to have Jason executedexecuted.



* FakeActionPrologue: A dream about the Monkey King. A subversion of one aspect, because while it looks fake and is revealed to be a dream, those events actually did happen. (Apparently.)

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* FakeActionPrologue: A dream about the Monkey King. A subversion of one aspect, because while it looks fake and is revealed to be a dream, those events actually did happen. (Apparently.)



* GangOfBullies: The protagonist gets harassed and almost killed by a few.



** The shop was actually a pawn shop; Jason typically got his bootlegs from there. Not inaccurate for many pawn shops.



* InstantExpert: Averted. While Jason gets remarkably good at kung-fu, [[spoiler: in the fight between him and Ni Chang]] it is blatantly obvious that he is not an expert. Also, his hair is in longer and [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange longer ponytails during the training montage]].

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* InstantExpert: Averted. While Jason gets remarkably good at kung-fu, [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in the fight between him and Ni Chang]] it is blatantly obvious that he is not an expert. Also, his hair is in longer and [[ExpositoryHairstyleChange longer ponytails during the training montage]].



* {{Koan}}: Jet Li and Jackie Chan's narration about the nature of kung fu (or perhaps lack there of), includes quotes from the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu, two classics of Taoist (Daoist) philosophy. For example "Learn the form, but seek the formless", "Hear the soundless", "Learn it all, then forget it all", "Learn The Way, then find your own way.", etc.

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* {{Koan}}: {{Koan}}:
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Jet Li and Jackie Chan's narration about the nature of kung fu (or perhaps lack there of), fu, includes quotes from the Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu, two classics of Taoist (Daoist) philosophy. For example "Learn the form, but seek the formless", "Hear the soundless", "Learn it all, then forget it all", "Learn The Way, then find your own way.", etc.



* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Subverted in the prologue, when the Jade Warlord challenges the Monkey King to a fair fight without using magic or weapons. Monkey puts aside his staff and you can guess the rest.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Jackie Chan vs Jet Li! There's a in-universe reason for it but everyone knows this trope is the real reason.

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* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Subverted in the prologue, when the Jade Warlord challenges the Monkey King to a fair fight without using magic or weapons. Monkey puts aside his staff and you can guess the rest.
Jade Warlord quickly breaks his own promise.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Jackie Chan vs vs. Jet Li! There's a in-universe reason for it but everyone knows this trope is the real reason.



* MightyWhitey: Largely averted. While Jason becomes [[InstantExpert very proficient in kung-fu in a seemingly short time]], and is able to beat up any number of [[{{Mooks}} Jade Soldiers]] in single combat, he is significantly weaker than any of the other, more experienced named characters. Add in that he is being trained in the use of a staff in the kung fu manner, a skill that focuses highly on defense. Given that this is a wuxia film, this seems more like a way of elevating him to the rank of main character. Also, it should be noted that while the training montage is a short part of the movie, it is very intense (see Training from Hell below) and if you look carefully you can see Jason's hair get longer over the course of the movie indicating the passage of time.

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* MightyWhitey: Largely averted. While Jason becomes [[InstantExpert very proficient in kung-fu in a seemingly short time]], and is able to beat up any number of [[{{Mooks}} Jade Soldiers]] in single combat, he is significantly weaker than any of the other, more experienced named characters. Add in that he is being trained in the use of a staff in the kung fu manner, a skill that focuses highly on defense. Given that this is a wuxia film, this seems more like a way of elevating him to the rank of main character. Also, it should be noted that while the training montage is a short part of the movie, it is very intense (see Training from Hell below) and if you look carefully you can see Jason's hair get longer over the course of the movie indicating the passage of time.



* MythologyGag: Ni Chang interrogating some witnesses to the bar brawl and claiming that "all men are liars": Her character is a shout-out to the best known WomanScorned in Chinese fiction.

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* MythologyGag: Ni Chang interrogating some witnesses to the bar brawl and claiming that "all men are liars": liars". Her character is a shout-out to the best known WomanScorned in Chinese fiction.



* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: This movie is the answer to the age-old question of Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li?

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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: This movie is was marketed as the answer to the age-old question of Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li?Li. [[spoiler:Their characters fight to a draw.]]



** It's also not so weird considering the various peoples that have inhabited western China (modern-day Xinjiang province) in ancient times, such as the Indo-European Tocharians and Yuezhi, as well as the ancestors of the modern Uyghurs. Depending on what time period the film is set in, the local Chinese might very well think that Jason is one of these.
** Also recall that people in that setting are used to immortals, human monkeys, and people with prehensile hair. A guy with weird-shaped eyes and pale skin probably barely even registers on the Weird Shit-O-Meter.



20th Aug '17 9:30:12 AM lorgskyegon
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* DeathGlare: Many throughout the movie, but the topper has to be the one [[spoiler:Jason gives to the Jade Warlord as he kills him in revenge for the Warlord killing Sparrow.]]
20th Aug '17 9:23:50 AM lorgskyegon
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* NoSell: The Jade Warlord shrugs off every attack by the Silent Monk, including absorbing a thrust with his ''throat''.
31st May '17 11:23:11 PM BohemianBob43
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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Ni Chang plummets off a cliff after having her hair cut as she was holdng on to Lu with it, trying to drg him off as well.]]

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* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Ni Chang plummets off a cliff after having her hair cut as she was holdng on to Lu with it, trying to drg drag him off as well.]]
31st May '17 11:19:05 PM BohemianBob43
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%% * DisneyVillainDeath: Twice.

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%% * DisneyVillainDeath: Twice.[[spoiler:Ni Chang plummets off a cliff after having her hair cut as she was holdng on to Lu with it, trying to drg him off as well.]]
23rd Apr '17 7:20:47 AM camdensdaddy
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Pretty straightforward tale of good vs. evil.
23rd Apr '17 7:18:30 AM camdensdaddy
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* WireFu: Are you surprised? It's a wuxia film!

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* WireFu: Are you surprised? It's a wuxia {{wuxia}} film!
26th Jun '16 8:14:53 AM elmerg
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** The shop was actually a pawn shop; Jason typically got his bootlegs from there. Not inaccurate for many pawn shops.
23rd May '16 5:26:19 PM LentilSandEater
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* AllJustADream: From which Jason awakens ''right'' when he's about to be killed by the gang of evil {{Southies}} he pissed off earlier...
** Averted, it's not really a dream. He was projecting into another world. Or the past. Or something. As proven by the fact that the staff is gone.
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