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Friday, March 14. 2008
Background on Forbidden Kingdom
Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the two most revered martial arts superstar actors in the world today, have come together for the very first time in filmmaking history to pit their skills in The Forbidden Kingdom as Lu Yan and the Silent Monk respectively.
In this spectacular and unpredictable epic action-adventure tale, Boston teenager Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano) confronts the toughest journey he has ever faced in his life – one which takes him through ancient China, facing battles with murderous Jade Warriors, the villainous Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) and the indomitable one with no remorse and no conscience – the White-Haired Demoness (Li Bingbing). Last but not least, Jason experiences first love with a revenge-bent female fighter (Liu Yifei).
“It is pure ingenuity for John to develop such a smart idea for a screenplay. By using the Monkey King as a basis and through adapting and interspersing different characters from the many well-known Chinese legends, he has created a totally unique story. Brilliant.”
Unknown to the world, Jet Li and Jackie Chan have actually had two missed opportunities at working together - once fifteen years ago and another time eight years ago. So upon hearing that the other would be involved in The Forbidden Kingdom, it was a strong push factor and serendipitous of sorts as well for the both of them. Chan attests, "Once I heard that Jet had agreed to do it, I agreed right away."
Action Choreography By Yuen Clan
“When the camera is moving and the actors are moving and spinning around, they literally shoot everything one moment at a time. To do this kind of work is to cut into the camera literally, collecting piece by piece what you need and then put them together literally like a jigsaw puzzle. It’s quite unusual because sometimes they move the camera in three hundred and sixty degrees which requires all of the crew to move all of the lighting equipment so they shoot on one side and then they pick up everything and they move it to the other side, and they move so fast and adjust all the heavy equipment with such coordination, it’s just an incredible thing to watch.”
Cinematography and Capturing the Action
Delivering the Martial Arts Sequences
Exploring The Meaning of Kungfu
When most screenwriters reach the fighting scenes, they usually write, “And now they fight.” Screenwriter John Fusco went much further: he scripted the exact kungfu moves he envisioned onto the script pages, and this was for one of the most successful and influential action directors in the history of Hong Kong cinema, if not the world. But Yuen Wo Ping respected Fusco’s interpretation and used his suggestions as jumping-off points when he choreographed the fighting styles for the characters.
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