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The Monkey King (2001)

The Lost Empire (original title)
Unrated | | Adventure, Fantasy | TV Movie 11 March 2001
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American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng ... See full summary »

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A feature adaptation of the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West".

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American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng En. He is accompanied on his journey by a humanoid ape with incredible strength and magical powers, a humanoid pig-man, and his brother-in-arms, an ex-cannibal. Based on one of the greatest stories in Chinese history. Written by Lawrence De Meza <demzalf@earthlink.net>

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Reluctant hero, beautiful goddess, three days to save the world. See more »

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Loosely based on the story from classical Chinese Literature "Journey to the West". See more »

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Nicholas Orton: So I might never get rich, buy my own jet, or even maintain a stock portfolio. But when I look in her eyes, I know that none of these things really matter.
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Enjoyable Family Fun
17 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a made for TV mini series, this was a fun watch for my kids and I. There was action, romance and magic. The special effects weren't so special and the acting was great, but both were passable. I don't know anything about source material, so I can't comment on discrepancies that others seem to be upset about, but the story was very enjoyable and my whole family liked it. I guess if your heavily vested in the original stories the mini series is based on, you might want to bypass this (but some previous comments said seeing the characters again, even though they didn't like the mini series, was enjoyable in itself), but if your like me and have little knowledge of the source material and just want a nice fun family film to watch with your kids about characters and myths that will be new to you, this is a good choice. Plus, you can spread it out over a couple of family TV nights.


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