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
First, let me say I mean no disrespect to anyone who genuinely enjoyed this movie. I wasn't aware this movie was based off a novel, but if your interested in the film because you enjoyed the book, this review is not for you. The second this film was over, I made it my mission to create an account solely to write this review. My brother suggested this movie to me as a "joke", hoping I would watch it and waste 2 hours of my life. Well the jokes on him because I loved it! I laughed more during this film than most comedies I've ever seen. I've never seen a high budget film produce such horrible English subtitles. However, they made the movie! I truly believe the subtitles were a copy/paste job from an online translation website. There is enough of a storyline, coupled with average action scenes to keep your interest in between laughs, and the ending is absolutely priceless. If you enjoy cult films that are celebrated for reaching new heights of terrible, then this is your film. Only mistake I can find is that it wasn't properly labeled as a comedy ; ).
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