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

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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... See full summary »


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Da Nao Tian Gong is a Chinese animated feature film directed by Wan Laiming and produced by all four of the Wan brothers. The film was created at the height of the Chinese animation ... See full summary »

Director: Wan Laiming
Stars: Hans Alfredson, Ke Bi


Credited cast:
Yitian Hai ...
Master Puti
Peter Ho ...
Joe Chen ...
Zitong Xia ...
Ruxue (as Xia Zitong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Chen ...
Goddess of Mercy / Guanyin
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Chung Him Law ...
Cathy Yue-Yan Leung ...
Caixia Fairy
Gigi Leung ...
Jing Li ...
Green Monkey
Hua Liu ...


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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Release Date:

8 February 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace  »

Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Version of A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) See more »

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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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