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

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A Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India to collect religious texts.

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Yitian Hai ...
Master Puti
Peter Ho ...
Joe Chen ...
Zitong Xia ...
Ruxue (as Xia Zitong)
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Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Chung Him Law ...
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Cathy Yue-Yan Leung ...
Caixia Fairy
Gigi Leung ...
Jing Li ...
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Hua Liu ...
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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 (China Version in Mandarin will be released in the U.S. as The Monkey King The Legend Begins in english with additional US Actors and Different plot and story structure. 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.... Written by Robert Harris / Global Star Productions

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30 January 2014 (Hong Kong)  »

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Coincidentaly, both Peter Ho and Aaron Kwok have played the character of Cloud from the popular HK manhwa, Storm Riders adaptation. Peter in the drama version, while Aaron in live action movie version. See more »

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Version of The Monkey Prince (1997) See more »

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Delightful Family Movie - NOT FOR HARDCORE PURISTS
11 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When reviewing The Monkey King, most reviewers forget the purpose of the movie: G RATED entertainment meant for ALL AGES. Teeners will abuse the CGi lame bits, film enthusiasts will lament to the point of misguided critique as to the lack of depth building and plot complexities as portrayed by the original books and film purists will pick every personal gripe until the bones appear.... However at the end of the day as a family movie for all ages old and young it is a definite winner.

As a absolute devoted fan since the 70's of the NipponTV incarnation of this tale, it was absolutely fun to watch with my kids and parents as the Director intended, to introduce and showcase a very popular traditional Chinese story to a larger demographic western audience with a modern feel and fun easy to digest storyline. (Thus the use of some headline artists in the main roles)

The obvious details of the screenplay to book adaption aside, Donny Yen really brings SUN WUKONG to animated life much as he re-birthed IP MAN for modern audiences.

A truly memorable performance by Chow Yun Fat and supporting casts makes it a benchmark movie amongst the last few recent "MONKEY" re-envisaged movies of recent years.

Maybe not a movie for the full on Chinese mythology traditionalist but certainly one NOT TO MISS for the dedicated devotee of the MONKEY story sub genre.


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