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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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Kelly Chen ...
Goddess of Mercy / Guanyin
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ...
Siu-Fai Cheung ...
Chung Him Law ...
Muzha
Cathy Yue-Yan Leung ...
Caixia Fairy
Gigi Leung ...
Jing Li ...
Green Monkey
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 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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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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Can't believe the rating and reviews
24 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Okay, it's not exactly 'Lord of the Rings' but it's not as bad as the reviewers here say it is. People complaining about lack of depth and change in characters, most of them are deities so what do you expect. I thought the visuals, costumes, make-up etc were also excellent. It may appear as a kid's movie for some but thats a good thing, it can be enjoyed by all ages. I couldn't believe the guy that played Monkey King is the same guy who played IP MAN, wasn't an easy job but he pulled it off and other actors were also great. I'm actually looking forward to the sequel if it is in the making I would recommend it to anyone, don't believe the reviews they're just talking rubbish.


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