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The Monkey King (2014)
"Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong" (original title)

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The story of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India to collect religious texts.

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Sun Wukong, (The Monkey King) is a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. Thus, according to legend, Buddhism is brought to ancient China. This much beloved story, is as much a part of Asian culture as The Iliad and The Odyssey or The Wizard of Oz are to the West. This first installment in a trilogy of live action 3-D movies is actually a prequel to The Journey To The West, the much told story of the Monkey King's adventures on the road to India. The Monkey King: Havoc In The Heavenly Palace will be released in the U.S. as The Monkey King. The first movie is the origins story - beginning with the birth of Sun Wukong and ending with his imprisonment for his crimes under the Five-Peaked Mountain. Along the way he acquires incredible powers, battling the armies of the gods and the armies of the demons to find his ... Written by Robert Harris / Global Star Productions

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Do not waste your money watching this at the cinema.
4 February 2014 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Do not watch this at the cinema as it not worth your time or money. Don't even bother renting it as you are better off not seeing this version of "The Monkey King". Why you may ask.. well I'll list it in point form below (spoilers free.. no worries). 1. Poor writing, dialogues and story line. 2. Not faithful to the source material. 3. Worst CGI ever to grace the silver screen. Literally... Even a sub par video game CG is much better than this and this movie consist of 70% CG which is really really unbearable to watch and to sit through. Lots and lots of lazy CG work where they copy and paste the same model over and over again. 4. Fight sequence are horribly choreographed. Even Donnie Yen's star power can't save it. 5. No character development in the story whatsoever. You don't even bother or care about any of the characters on screen. 6. The costumes for the animals humonoid are simply horrible. Even sesame street is better than this.


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