Coming Soon

In theaters September 14.

»
MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 180 this week

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

4.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.8/10 from 1,825 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 12 critic

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 06 Sep 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 21 Oct 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 14 Mar 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Monkey King" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Monkey King (2014)

The Monkey King (2014) on IMDb 4.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Monkey King.

User Polls

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When the owner of a major elephant camp is murdered, Kham finds himself the number one suspect and on the run from both the police and the deceased's vengeful twin nieces. But luck is on ... See full summary »

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Stars: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao
Special ID (2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A cop goes undercover in a ruthless underworld organization to stop a gang leader, only to put himself in great danger after being exposed by his former protégé and best friend.

Director: Clarence Fok Yiu-leung
Stars: Donnie Yen, Tian Jing, Andy On
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An elite crime-fighting unit in the court of the Chinese emperor relies on flying swords to defeat their enemies.

Director: Wai-keung Lau
Stars: Xiaoming Huang, Ethan Juan, Purba Rgyal
The Four (2012)
Action | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary, to ensure their way in stopping the circulation of counterfeit coin currency in the capital.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Janet Chun
Stars: Chao Deng, Yifei Liu, Ronald Cheng
Tai Chi Hero (2012)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Chinese steampunk martial arts blockbuster about the early years of Tai chi master Yang Luchan, the man who founded in the 19th century what has now become the most popular Tai Chi style in... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Fung
Stars: Daniel Wu, Qi Shu, Tony Leung Ka Fai
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.

Director: Keanu Reeves
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Iko Uwais, Tiger Hu Chen
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

Director: Simon West
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture
RoboCop (2014)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.

Director: José Padilha
Stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton
Escape Plan (2013)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.

Director: Mikael Håfström
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Firestorm (2013)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A storm is heading to the city, and with it comes another occurrence so destructive, it vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Yuen
Stars: Chen Yao, Ka Tung Lam, Andy Lau
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Director: John Moore
Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
Yitian Hai ...
Master Puti
Peter Ho ...
Joe Chen ...
Xia Zitong ...
Ruxue
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Chen ...
Goddess of Mercy / Guanyin
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Calvin Cheng Ka-Sing ...
Chung Him Law ...
Muzha
Gigi Leung ...
Jing Li ...
Green Monkey
Hua Liu ...
Irene Wang ...
Caiyun Fairy
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 September 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Monkey King: The Legend Begins  »

Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Monkey Magic (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Donnie Yen's highly-spirited performance and Soi Cheang's energetic direction made this a surprisingly enjoyable epic fantasy.
3 February 2014 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

When THE MONKEY KING debuted the teaser trailer sometimes last year, I was doubtful whether Donnie Yen was really up for the legendary Sun Wukong role or not. Even the glimpse of the special effects doesn't look engaging enough to convince me whatsoever. However, upon finally watching it, this nearly four-years-in-the-making production proves to be a well-worthy cinematic experience after all.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

During an ongoing war between god and demon on the Heavenly Palace, Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok) lost the battle against Jade Emperor (Chow Yun-Fat). However, Jade Emperor's daughter, Princess Iron Fan (Joe Fan), begs her father for mercy because she loves Bull Demon King very much. Jade Emperor ends up banishing both of them to the Fire Mountain and forbids them to enter Heavenly Palace ever again. Meanwhile, a monkey spirit is born out from Princess Nuwa's (Zhang Zilin) magic stones which later grows up as a mischievous adult. Soon he is trained under Master Puti (Tian Hai Yi) and names him as Sun Wukong. After Wukong completed his master's training, he returns to the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits where he originally belongs to reunite with his fellow monkey clan and calls himself as Handsome Monkey King. Trouble arrives when Bull Demon King sees Wukong as his golden opportunity to use him as bait to access Heavenly Palace, while waiting for the right moment to wage war against the god all over again.

THE GOOD STUFF

Last seen in 2012's MOTORWAY, Soi Cheang's direction is colorful and yet entertaining enough to please most of the die-hard fans of the Sun Wukong story. Speaking of story, Szeto Kam Yuen's and Edmond Wong's screenplay is a fairly satisfying combination of action, comedy, romance and fantastical elements all rolled into slick package. Christopher Young's music score, in the meantime, is simply majestic. The action sequence, which is choreographed by Donnie Yen himself, is often exhilarating and epic in scope.

As Sun Wukong, Donnie Yen has successfully delivers one of his best performances ever seen since IP MAN (2008) and IP MAN 2 (2010). And likewise, he proves to be such a nimble fighter as usual, especially when he uses his golden staff. Other actors, such as Peter Ho as the scheming Erlangshen and Chow Yun-Fat as the noble Jade Emperor, are equally acceptable as well.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)

The "all-hell-breaks-loose" duels during the movie's spectacular finale.

THE BAD STUFF

Despite the hefty amount spent on the budget, the special effects are average at best. Even there are times the special effects looks like a rushed job. Some of the other cast, including Aaron Kwok's villainous turn as Bull Demon King, Kelly Chen as Guanyin and Gigi Leung as Chang'E, are sadly underwritten.

FINAL WORDS

While THE MONKEY KING is far from the best movie adaptation ever seen from Wu Cheng'en's classical novel of Journey to the West, it remains a satisfying effort worth checking out for this Chinese New Year.

caseymoviemania.blogspot.com


21 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Looking forward to this movie. buffboym3
US Theatrical Release? stanton28
awesome movie sunrisecty
hollywood budget, but not what i was expected from mister Yen lucian-g
Does this movie have any connection with The Forbidden Kingdom(2008) arianrks
500M down to 100M unwashedflyer
Discuss The Monkey King (2014) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?