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About two-thirds of a [[{{Wuxia}} kung-fu action fantasy film]] set in ancient China with JetLi and JackieChan and loosely based on ''JourneyToTheWest''.

The rest of the film is about a modern-day American teenager who finds himself in ancient China after discovering the Monkey King's [[AppliedPhlebotinum magical staff]]. He [[TheLoad accompanies]] Jackie Chan and JetLi on their quest to return the staff to its rightful owner while trying to avoid the minions of the evil [[BigBad Jade Warlord]].

The writer and the director claim that they considered a story with a [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Chinese-American teenager being the protagonist in a "get in touch with his roots" story]], but Jackie Chan thought it would be better for the [[WhiteMaleLead main character be a white kid]]. That way, the outsider, who was obsessed with kung fu movies but [[ThisLoserIsYou did not understand the meaning and philosophy behind kung fu as a martial art]], would gain a deeper appreciation for lessons he learned along the way.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* 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.
* ActingForTwo:
** Lui Yifei plays Golden Sparrow, and an IdenticalStranger in the closing BookEnd.
** JetLi plays the monk [[spoiler:and the Monkey King. Justified, considering the monk is actually just one of the Monkey King's magical clones.]].
** JackieChan as Lu Yan [[spoiler: and Old Hop. Also justified, since they're actually the same person.]].
* ActionGirl - Golden Sparrow. Kung fu, throwing darts, and DualWielding short-swords.
* ActionSurvivor - Jason, obviously.
* ActorAllusion - Jackie Chan as the DrunkenMaster! Also, JetLi as a Shaolin monk!
** To the uninitiated, DrunkenMaster was Chan's starmaking film, and TheShaolinTemple was Jet Li's.
* 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.
* AndThatsTerrible: When our RagtagBunchOfMisfits comes across innocent civilians hanged in the middle of a ransacked village, we get "Behold the tyranny of the warlord." Golden Sparrow even says "He must be stopped" in response.
* AnObnoxiousOfBullies The protagonist gets harassed and almost killed by a few.
* ArcWords - "Two tigers can't rule the same mountain."
* ArtisticLicenseGeography - Apparently, the Sahara and Gobi deserts are very close by.
* AscendedFanboy - Did we mention that Jason is a kung fu movie fan?
* BillingDisplacement - Neither the posters, nor the [[NeverTrustATrailer trailers]] ever mentioned Jason. The only hint that he was there ''at all'' was his appearance in fleeting images in early trailers, which only served to confuse people.
* 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.
* ConvectionSchmonvection - Averted. The Jade Warlord's volcano is ''hot'', hot enough to burn his robe without it having to touch the lava.
* CoversAlwaysLie - The 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.
* 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.
* DisneyVillainDeath - Twice.
* DrunkenMaster - Jackie Chan's character, [[ActorAllusion referencing one of his own series]].
* DuelingStarsMovie: If anybody tells you they saw this movie for a reason other than to see '''JackieChan''' vs. '''Jet Li''', they're probably lying.
* EvilGloating: Several instances, most notably the Jade Warlord before he tries to have Jason executed
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: The EvilOverlord sure likes the color green.
* 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.)
* FoeTossingCharge
* GrailInTheGarbage: Jason finds the staff of the Monkey King at a store specializing in wuxia movie [=DVDs=].
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Ni Chang is able to shoot Lu Yan in the back from really far away ''and she couldn't even see him.''
* 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]].
* InstrumentOfMurder - Golden Sparrow is deadly with the tuning pegs of her ''pipa''.
* {{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.
* 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 this trope is the real reason.
* MacguffinEscortMission
* MagicalAsian - Both Chan and Li's characters.
* MeaningfulName - Jason Tripitikas. Jason famously went on a quest for the Golden Fleece in Greek mythology, and Tripitikas is a crashingly obvious ShoutOut to JourneyToTheWest.
* MetaCasting - Jackie Chan is basically playing [[Film/DrunkenMaster Beggar So]] in this movie. The student has become the teacher.
* MightyWhitey - While Jason becomes [[InstantExpert very proficient in kung-fu in a short time]], and is able to beat up any number of [[{{Mooks}} Jade Soldiers]], he is significantly weaker than any of the other more experienced named characters. 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.
* MyParentsAreDead: When the monk tells Golden Sparrow to go home to her mom and dad, she tells him that they're dead.
* 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.
* NoNonsenseNemesis - Just shoot the heroes? Ni Chang does, with an arrow, from a great distance. If she had ''more'' arrows, the movie would have ended right there.
* OpposedMentors: Jackie Chan and Jet Li literally ''fight'' over the protagonist; it's like he's just another facet for their feud. It even provides a quote, "Two tigers can't rule the same mountain."
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: "An orphan girl, a lost traveler, an old drunk, and a monk who has failed at the same task for half his life... Misfits following misfits, in the hope of rescuing a misfit."
* ReplacementLoveInterest - In the closing BookEnd. Possibly ReincarnationRomance, given the context of the main part of the story, or an AlternateSelf.
* TheReveal: Two minor ones: First [[spoiler:the Silent Monk turns out to be one of the Monkey King's clones]], and then at the end [[spoiler:Lu Yan is the old Chinese man Jason was friends with in the present.]]
* RuleOfCool - Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li!!!
* SceneryPorn: Mountains, valleys, forests, deserts, bamboo grove, peach tree grove... yeah, the film doesn't waste any time showing off Chinese landscape.
* ShootTheMessenger - Or stab him, and let his comrades drag him out.
* ShoutOut - Lot's of these, including:
** DrunkenMaster obviously.
** Golden Sparrow to Golden Swallow, the female protagonist of 1966 ''wuxia'' classic ''Come Drink With Me'' (大醉俠). Sparrow even invites her enemy to "come drink with me" in an additional tip of the hat.
** Ni Chang to 1993 ''wuxia'' film ''The Bride With White Hair'' (白发魔女传).
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* TakenForGranite - The Monkey King turns into a statue early in the story. The whole point of the quest is to bring him back to life.
* TeachMeHowToFight
* ThirdPersonPerson - Golden Sparrow. It is probably meant to signify her traumatic past, and the way she has subsumed her identity into her mission, though in the end, she does get one line in first person.
* TookALevelInBadass - The main character, by the end of the movie.
* TrainingFromHell - The character Jason underwent this during the movie. What you ''didn't know'' was that Michael Angarano, Jason's actor, though somewhat athletic, also ''did not know kung fu'' and had to learn it during the shooting of the movie, undergoing some TrainingFromHell. Some of the stuff went a little like this:
-->'''Kung Fu Master:''' Your legs aren't flexible enough. We need to work on your flexibility.\\
'''Michael Angarano:''' Okay, so does that mean I'm going to be do stretching exercises?\\
'''Kung Fu Master:''' No, muscles adapt quicker when they're growing anew. Two of my disciples will pull your legs so your muscles rip apart and we'll work on your flexibility as the muscles grow back. You won't be able to walk properly for the next two weeks though.\\
'''Michael Angarano:''' Wait, wha-'''''AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! IT HUURTS!!'''''\\
And three weeks later, Michael Angarano could do a full split.
* TranslatorMicrobes: When Jason complains that he doesn't understand ancient Chinese Lu Yan says "[[HandWave That's because you're not listening!]]"
* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny - [[{{In-Universe}} Have we mentioned Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li?]]
* WeirdnessCensor: Jason is a ''Caucasian'' male in a country that, quite possibly, has yet to ''see'' a Caucasian male. The most that happens is JetLi going [[LampshadeHanging "Are you sure he's the chosen one? He's not even Chinese!"]]
** 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.
* WhipItGood - [[TheDragon Ni Chang]] not only wields a whip as her primary weapon, but also uses her own PrehensileHair as a whip when disarmed.
* WhiteMaleLead - Jason is an unusual example because while White Male Leads are normally meant to attract white interest in a film with a minority-heavy cast, Jason made very few appearances in the trailer. See the BillingDisplacement example above.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: One of the evil {{Southies}} has a three minute long fist-fight with Jason before finally pulling the gun he was so trigger-happy with earlier. To be fair though, as far as he is concerned, Jason just fell off a roof about a minute ago. How is he to know that about a year's worth of kung fu training from ''Jackie Chan'' and ''Jet Li'' occurred between roof and ground? Guns are messy and bring the cops.
* WireFu - Are you surprised? It's a wuxia film!
* YouHaveFailedMe - The Jade Warlord kills a soldier for bringing him news of the staff's reappearance. Possibly because he was in the process of selecting a girl for the night.

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[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Did we mention]] [[OverlyLongGag Jackie Chan vs. Jet Li!!!]]