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Monkey King: Hero Is Back (2015)

Xi you ji zhi da sheng gui lai (original title)
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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. Five hundred years ... See full summary »

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Tian Xiao Peng

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Cory Edwards (creative consultant), Tian Xiao Peng | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lei Zhang Lei Zhang ... Monkey King (voice)
Zijie Lin Zijie Lin ... Liuer (voice)
Wenlun Wu Wenlun Wu ... Old Monk (voice)
Zirong Tong Zirong Tong ... Evil Lord (voice)
Jiurong Liu Jiurong Liu ... Pig (voice)
Wu Di Wu Di ... Lady Troll (voice)
Beizhen Liu Beizhen Liu ... Rock Guard (voice)
Qianjing Zhao Qianjing Zhao ... Liuer Father (voice)
Shuai Zhou ... Liuer Mother (voice)
Yuan Lu Yuan Lu ... Male Troll (voice)
Bao Bao Bao Bao ... Baby Girl (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackie Chan ... Monkey King (voice)
Feodor Chin ... Evil Lord (voice)
Nika Futterman ... Lady Troll (voice)
James Hong ... Old Monk (voice)
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Storyline

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. Five hundred 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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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monkey King: Hero Is Back See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,072,772
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The second movie to which Jackie Chan has been attached with ties to the Legend of the Monkey King. The first was The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), where Jet Li played The Monkey King. See more »

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The Best Chinese Animation So Far
11 July 2015 | by jxz-12935See 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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