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The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace (2014)

Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 8 February 2016 (USA)
A monkey born from heavenly stone acquires supernatural powers and must battle the armies of both gods and demons to find his place in the heavens.

Director:

Soi Cheang (as Pou-Soi Cheang)

Writers:

Tai-lee Chan (as Tai-Li Chan), Kam-Yuen Szeto | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Donnie Yen ... Sun Wukong / Monkey King
Yun-Fat Chow ... Jade Emperor
Aaron Kwok ... Buffalo Demon King
Yitian Hai ... Master Puti
Peter Ho ... Erlangshen
Gigi Leung ... Chang'E
Joe Chen ... Princess Iron Fan
Zitong Xia Zitong Xia ... Ruxue (as Xia Zitong)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Chen ... Goddess of Mercy / Guanyin
Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng Calvin Ka-Sing Cheng ... Nezha
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Heavenly King
Him Law ... Muzha (as Chung Him Law)
Cathy Yue-Yan Leung Cathy Yue-Yan Leung ... Caixia Fairy
Jing Li Jing Li ... Green Monkey
Hua Liu ... Dragon King of the East Sea
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A monkey born from heavenly stone acquires supernatural powers and must battle the armies of both gods and demons to find his place in the heavens.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Michael Wehrhahn approached Hollywood actor Harrison Ford for a role in "The Monkey King" saga. See more »

Connections

Version of Chai tin dai sing suen ng hung (2002) See more »

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A faithful adaptation of the beginning of Journey to the West
27 February 2014 | by sugarmackSee all my reviews

I just saw this film with my mother, a 65-year old Chinese woman (who has trained under some masters of kung fu), who grew up reading the stories of the Monkey King (whereas I'm more familiar with the Japanese Series, 'Monkey Magic'). My mother was delighted at how faithful this film was, with so many of the characters and substories being very close to how she remembers them.

Unlike other reviewers, we found the CGI to be quite good (a couple of bad spots, but in other places, stunning!) We thought the acting and direction was also really good. Donnie Yen is such a wonderful and naughty monkey. His movement is fantastic, whether he was fighting or being a lazy monkey. Chow Yun Fat a benevolent Jade Emperor, and Aaron Kwok a coolly evil demon king.

The film is also incredibly fun. This isn't going to win any Oscars, but if you're out to have fun, it's a better adaptation of the beginning of Journey to the West than most.


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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,206,924
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