Looking for kung fu DVDs in Chinatown, a teenage boy (Michael Angarano) is attacked by gang members and falls through a time portal, landing in ancient China. There, he learns that he must free the Monkey King (Jet Li), who was captured by the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou) before he can return home. To accomplish his mission he gets trained by a kung fu master (Jackie Chan) and a curious character called Silent Monk (also Jet Li). Also with Liu Yifei and Li Bingbing. Directed by Rob Minkoff. [1:53]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man inspects young women in fine clothing, lined up in front of him, leers at their faces and strokes their skin and hair (the young woman look frightened and the scene ends).
► Three dancing women in an inn wear close-fitting silk tube tops that reveal the tops of their breasts and their midriffs, along with bare necks, arms, and shoulders; their long skirts are transparent, revealing thighs. A teenaged boy practices kung fu several times while bare-chested. A young female witch appears throughout much of the film, wearing a deeply cut scoop neck top, revealing cleavage; three teen girls wear scoop-necked shirts and spaghetti strapped tops that reveal a little cleavage.
► A man walks up to another man, turns his back, bends over, and shakes his buttocks in the man's face.
VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A gang enters and ransacks a home and shop, knocking things to the floor; one of them draws a gun and shoots a man in the chest (a large red spot appears as he sinks to the floor).
► A dozen soldiers ride into a small village and ransack it: they beat several men and a woman, break into homes and smash objects, and stab one man being held face down on the ground by two soldiers with a wide broadsword (no blood is evident).
► Five gang members attack a teenage boy, call him names, curse him, push him around, and knock him down; the gang leader threatens to kill him, the gang chases and threatens him with a gun, and they end up on a rooftop where a boy falls backwards but is lifted by a gathering mist.
► A duel is held inside a dark castle: one man uses a weapon with a curving blade on top of a longstaff and the other a golden staff, and the men spin, do back flips, and push one another against walls or to the floor; one man plucks a hair from his head, breathes on it to produce mist and a clone of himself, one man forms a ball of spirit-energy in one hand, throws it at his opponent, misses, forms another, uses it to levitate a large flaming caldron, throws it at his opponent (who breaks it in midair), one man levitates two spears toward the other man, one man levitates a golden staff and fights with it without touching it and one man is turned into a stone statue.
► A young woman on horseback pulls two jade darts from her hair and throws them into two soldiers, killing them (no blood). A man stabs a soldier in the stomach killing him (no blood is seen).
► A man is impaled on a jade dart, and he falls into a fiery pit full of flames and black and red coals (his skin fills with black veins as he falls and he grimaces all the way to the bottom of the deep pit, where he disappears from view).
► A man knocks out five gang members, five swordsmen rush in and the man knocks all five out, additional soldiers rush in and attack, and the man and a teen fend them off with longstaffs, and some soldiers tumble over balconies and hit the floor (no blood is shown) while others rush into the streets, shouting.
► A fight scene shows warriors attacking a king and his retinue; the warriors are struck and land in a heap (no blood is drawn).
► A man engages two soldiers in a brief martial arts battle: they spin in circles and apply circular kicks, front kicks, jumping front kicks, open- and closed-hand strikes to the face and tumble upon one another; one is punched in the abdomen knocking the wind out of him and another falls unconsciousness after a punch to the head.
► A young woman recollects being hidden as a small girl by her mother in a bucket and lowered into a well; her mother was then shot in the back by a soldier's arrow and died, and her village was burned down.
► Two men fight very hard over a golden staff: the fight is several minutes long and includes spinning, hand strikes, punching, longstaff strikes and grappling; there are loud sounds of cracking bones (no bones appear to be broken) and the fight ends.
► A young witch uses a bullwhip to choke a man, says, "All men are liars," and tosses the man across the room.
► A man strikes a teenage boy to the ground and threatens to kill him; later, the man strikes the boy in the stomach with a staff. Two soldiers on horseback chase a teenage boy on foot, and they overtake and capture him.
► Three warriors fall over a mountain, and one tumbles nearly all the way down (the scene ends). Several warriors fly through the air, holding martial "longstaffs," as they jump from mountaintop to mountaintop and fight. A TV shows a martial arts film where five men fight with heavy sticks. A throwing star sails in from off-screen and then into the distance. A man practices with a six-foot longstaff on a mountaintop. A man, a woman and a teenage boy ride on horseback straight through a wall, destroying the wall.
► Close ups are shown of male warriors in a montage with swords crossed, longstaffs and mid-length staffs in hand, with fists raised, in a jumping sidekick pose, and with a large war fan used as a weapon. Several women are shown with darts in their hair or a hand-held fan and a few men grimace in martial arts yells.
► A teenaged boy and a man argue briefly about the man's drinking. An elderly man takes a golden longstaff away from a teenage boy, hangs it on a rack and is dismissive of the boy. A man chases a teenage boy, and snatches a golden staff from him.
► A young woman and soldiers fight twice with four people, and the screen each time is filled with people using many weapons: an oversized bullwhip, longstaffs, straight swords, a scimitar, battle axes, long and short knives, metal and jade darts, spinning kicks are used, open-hand and fist strikes, elbow strikes, and back flips and a few people fly through the air and punch or kick others.
► A man levitates staffs toward another man and they fight: a young woman throws a jade dart at a man, who deflects it back to her and it wounds her (we see a small trickle of blood from the right side of her mouth and she later dies from her wounds).
► A teenaged boy is trained in martial arts in several scenes that show stick fighting, knuckle pushups, extreme leg stretching with ropes, punching and striking thick bamboo trunks, and a lot of groaning and grimacing. A young woman practices dart throwing.
► A boy is attacked by a gang, cursed and struck in the body and head, and knocked into a dumpster, and into a chain link fence; the boy fights with martial arts moves and knocks a gang member unconscious.
► A teenage boy is forced to fight a witch: the boy is tossed across the room several times and choked with a bullwhip, and he is held down by soldiers and a long sword blade is raised over his neck to behead him when a man and a young woman rush to his aid. A full-screen fight occurs with multiple weapons, kung fu techniques, and Chi throwing; some weapons are levitated and fight by themselves.
► 100 soldiers attack four people who escape on horseback; a man in the group is struck in the back by an oversized arrow and falls off his horse face down into a stream, and others pick him up and take him to a temple where he is laid on a mat and covered with a blanket (it is unclear whether he is alive or dead).
► We see two hanged bodies in a forest, charred black (we see the bodies as black outlines, and close-ups of the burnt shoes and leggings).
► A teenage boy falls down a sand dune and tumbles, and a young woman catches him by the wrist and pulls him back. A statue is struck with a golden staff and a shockwave explodes and knocks everyone back. A statue comes to life, a man is struck by a longstaff-sword combination, he vanishes and turns into a single white hair.
► A man strikes a witch who falls over a wall, she wraps her hair around his neck to save herself, the man cuts her hair, and she falls a to the foot of a mountain, where she disappears from view (with some yelling).
► A man kneels and performs a spell, another man walks up to him silently and urinates on the ground in front of him, slightly spraying his hair, nose and mouth (we do not see any body parts or urine stream, but do see the ground becoming wet); the kneeling man waves his hands and yells at the other man and the scene ends. A man urinates on another man.
PROFANITY 4 - 3 scatological terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (kung fu boy, white boy, boy, loser cruiser, cockroach, deaf, silent, mute, evil, weed whacker, witch, old drunk, failed monk, misfits), 3 insulting remarks about a Caucasian youth being "not even Chinese." [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - An elderly man drinks wine and is surrounded by full wine bottles, a man drinks wine from gourd containers throughout the film (several times he stumbles after drinking, appearing drunk), in an inn several dining tables hold small bottles of wine and we see a few people drinking from wine glasses, and a monk tells a man that it is rude not to share his wine and they then both drink from the same container (they do not appear drunk). A man takes a substance from a small bottle by mouth and mutters an incantation, and a man drinks an elixir from a bottle and flies through the air. A soldier discusses the failure of an opium deal with a warlord.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Reality and fantasy, video games, legends, magic and sorcery, throwing Chi, witches, spirits, religion, real martial arts vs. movie kung fu, loyalty, courage, respect, bullies, envy, violence, family, friendship.
MESSAGE - Loyalty to truth, family, and friends is important.