The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) Movie poster and book cover compared.

The Forbidden Kingdom

Rob Minkoff, 2008

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The Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en, 1592

The Forbidden Kingdom is a movie directed by Rob Minkoff in 2008 and based on the book The Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, first published in 1592. The movie features Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Liu Yifei, Collin Chou, Morgan Benoit, and others.

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RATING

6.6

/ 10

Movie Poster: The Forbidden Kingdom (Rob Minkoff, 2008)

8.5

/ 10

Book Cover: The Journey to the West (Wu Cheng'en, 1592)

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AUDIOBOOK

Audiobook cover of The Journey to the West, the 1592 book by Wu Cheng'en.

The Journey to the West

Read by: Kenneth Williams

Storyline

An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the teenager unexpectedly finds himself travelling back to ancient China to join a crew of warriors from martial arts lore on a dangerous quest to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

Movie vs Book

Poster of The Forbidden Kingdom, the 2008 movie by Rob Minkoff

Year

2008

Minutes

104

Movie Rate

6.60

Source: IMDb

Movie

The Forbidden Kingdom

Country: USA

Year: 2008

Length: 1h44m

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Cover of The Journey to the West, the 1592 book by Wu Cheng'en

Year

1592

Pages

574

Book Rate

8.52

S: Goodreads

Book

The Journey to the West

Country: China

First published in: 1592

Length: 574 pages

Genre: Fiction

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Other screen adaptations of the book

TV Mini-Series poster
The Monkey King (2001)
TV Mini-Series by Peter MacDonald
Movie poster
Journey to the West (2013)
Movie by Stephen Chow, Chi-Kin Kwok
Movie poster
The Monkey King (2023)
Movie by Anthony Stacchi

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Poster of The Forbidden Kingdom, the 2008 movie by Rob Minkoff

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Cover of The Journey to the West, the 1592 book by Wu Cheng'en

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