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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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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 jumbled mess...but still a decent watch...especially the last half hour
4 April 2014 | by bcheng93See all my reviews

...with a budget of almost 90 million US dollars(biggest Chinese movie budget to date), and this is what they came up with? there were many major problems with this movie, first off having Donnie Yen as the monkey king was a big big no no. the mans facial features are as expressive as wood and recently you can tell how egotistical he has become. he wants every big role in a big movie even if it isn't right for him and in this movie he makes a fool out of himself till 3/4's of the way thru. he is known for his action movies and there isn't much of that as the movie is almost all cgi and wire-fu.

for most of the movie the cgi was almost laughable, i've literally seen better in video games, and they had help from the cgi team that did Avatar( i think the team took the money and ranned ). it was going to be hard to cgi the right way cause the book was so detailed and deep.

i went into this movie not expecting much and wind up not getting much, there were no development of characters, some of the costumes were laughably bad and the other 2 leads weren't that interesting either. basically just about nothing works in this movie...and now for its saving grace.

if you watch this movie make sure you finish it, because the last quarter of the movie is freakin awesome and makes up for sitting thru the first 2/3's to 3/4's of the movie. everything picked up close to the end...it almost seemed like a different team stepped in to finish the movie, in every aspect. the fighting got good( you actually see real fight moves from Donnie). the story and acting got tighter and best of all, the cgi looked as good as any that Hollywood can put out, and it was exciting.

so, if the movie isn't that appealing...just make sure you watch the last third or quarter and you'll feel a lot less screwed...the ending of the movie was its saving grace and just might save the movie from disaster. i give this movie a 5.8 out of 10. save the popcorn for the last 30 minutes of the movie.


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