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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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Yitian Hai ...
Master Puti
Peter Ho ...
Joe Chen ...
Xia Zitong ...
Ruxue
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Chung Him Law ...
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Jing Li ...
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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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30 January 2014 (Hong Kong)  »

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The Monkey King: The Legend Begins  »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)
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Great, awesome, see it!
24 April 2014 | by (Aulendorf) – See all my reviews

I watch a fair amount of Asian cinema so I've seen a lot. This movie really stands out! First of all the quality and quantity of special effects are very good. The interaction between the main characters, the mix of dark story lines, and the humor suburb. Overall the underlying story is interesting and compelling.

It's great fantasy fun! I'm surprised this movie doesn't have a higher rating and appears to have had not much of a presence here in America. It's too bad they just didn't market it enough for a Western audience. A lot of people will probably just bump into this movie late at night at one time or another and be pleasantly surprised.

If you like action movies, epic fantasy stories, etc., you are probably going to love this movie.


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