The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven's Palace (2014) (HNR)
Release Date: December 5, 2017.
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 instalment in a trilogy of live action 3D 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.
The Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven's Palace is the origins story - beginning with the birth of Sun Wukong and ending with his imprisonment for his crimes under the Five-Peaked Mountain. Along the way, he acquires incredible power, battling the armies of the gods and the armies of the demons to find his rightful place in the Heavens. It is a classic story of the scorned underdog who acquires great abilities but uses them recklessly and ultimately must pay a huge price to find redemption. The Monkey King captures the drama, beauty, humor and fantastic action of the folk legend, and brings it to the screen in a way never before possible. -- (C) Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2014, China/Hong Kong.
Starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok.
Directed by Poi Soi Cheang.
Genre/Subject: Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
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