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Xi you ji: Da nao tian gong (2014)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Family | 8 February 2016 (USA)
The Monkey King: The Legend Begins is the re-imagined version by Hollywood of the film The Monkey King: Havoc in Heavens Palace, the origin and birthplace of The Monkey King Story.

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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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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Storyline

Told by an Old Sage, a Western monk who traveled from Europe to China in the 7th Century. He tells the tale to two children, one Chinese, the other from the West who come across the monk in a cave on a remote mountainside above the Eastern Ocean. The monk is the current keeper of a hundred painted scrolls, each describing an event in the Monkey King's life. The Legend Begins. Written by Global Star Productions

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monk | 7th century | army | demon | heaven | See All (17) »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

China | Hong Kong | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

8 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$166,391, 5 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$709,617, 1 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,900,000
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Color

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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. Ho appeared in the drama version while Kwok was in live-action movie version. See more »

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Version of Saiyûki (1960) 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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