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The Monkey King 2014

  • Soi Cheang
  • January 9, 2014
  • 119 mins
  • Chinese
  • Action, Adventure, Family
Havoc in Heaven
Sun Wukong, (The Monkey King) is a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. Thus, according to legend, Buddhism is brought to ancient China. This much beloved story, is as much a part of Asian culture as The Iliad and The Odyssey or The Wizard of Oz are to the West. This first installment in a trilogy of live action 3-D movies is actually a prequel to The Journey To The West, the much told story of the Monkey King's adventures on the road to India.


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With the umpteenth remake of this traditional tale, there is really nothing special here. The only exception is the thinly disguised tale paired with an overly large VFX budget (but garish in its ostentatiousness and deeply sloppy in its execution), which paralleled with Michael Bay's MO (except even Bay would have better sense then to allow such bad and sloppy VFX to go on the screen).

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