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Xi you ji zhi da sheng gui lai (2015)

The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Lei Zhang ...
Monkey King (voice)
Zijie Lin ...
Liuer (voice)
Wenlun Wu ...
Old Monk (voice)
Zirong Tong ...
Evil Lord (voice)
Jiurong Liu ...
Pig (voice)
Wu Di ...
Lady Troll (voice)
Liu Beizhen ...
Rock Guard (voice)
Zhao Qianjing ...
Liuer Father (voice)
Zhou Shuai ...
Liuer Mother (voice)
Yuan Lu ...
Male Troll (voice)
Bao Bao ...
Baby Girl (voice)
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The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters. Written by SC Films International

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Rated PG for action/peril, scary images, thematic elements and some rude humor | See all certifications »
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A Lenda do Rei Macaco: A Volta do Herói  »

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This film had a serious divestment problem because the director rejected the investor's request to alter the script. At last the director had to use his own money to finish the film. when finished, there was no money for advertising. However, the film earned a good reputation after the premiere and drew many fans in a very short period of time. These fans called themselves zi lai shui (tap-water), which means they are willing to advertise the film on social media for free. See more »

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The Best Chinese Animation So Far
11 July 2015 | by (China) – See all my reviews

I don't know if it was because I'm too sentimental or what, but I was literally tearing when I was watching the trailer with the moving song by Kit Chan. I went to the cinema with hesitation actually,thinking that I might have too much expectation on it, and was kind of afraid that it would let me down. After watching it, I would say it absolutely deserves my expectation and infinite applause. It is probably the first Chinese animation for adolescent and adult audience, comparing to childish Pleasant Goat& Big Big Wolf and Bonnie Bears. The latter actually made nearly 300 million RMB in China. The plot of Monkey King is quite common, especially in western movies: the fallen hero's rebirth, but this kind of themes still attracts large portion of audience and wins lots of tears, including those of the two little boys who sat next to me during the movie. The animations and features are just impressive, maybe not as good as many of the western masterpieces, but definitely good enough to describe it as unprecedented in China's animation history. The bad thing is that, because they almost used up all their budget on the film's creation and modification, they literally didn't do anything on marketing and advertising. Something even worse is that, although I admire the crew's courage and resolution, they chose to compete with extremely fan-based Tiny Times 4.0 and Forever Young, which are acted by a bunch of idols with tons of fans in China. The two I mentioned already made more than 100 million RMB on their first day respectively, but only about 20 million for Monkey King due to the lack of exposure and coverage. However, I always believes that one cannot evaluate a movie only by looking at how much it makes, neither an actor nor a director.


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