THE MONKEY KING (Theatrical Release USA 2015)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.5|5.0 Starsìì

The Monkey King
relies heavily on special effects to tell its story. Chow Yun Fat and Donnie Yen (IP Man) play lead roles in this artistic interpretation of an old Chinese myth.  While the costuming department completely wins the prize for beauty and originality, the writing department’s script is complicated and needs background story to appreciate the complexity of the story. Without research into the meaning of the plot before going to the movie, the relevancy and sense becomes lost in cultural differences. Donnie Yen interprets the Monkey King using laughter that seems, at times, a little annoying.  The movie needs much improvement to meet the higher standards that mark good entertainment.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Demons wage war on heaven incurring significant damage which a goddess repairs by sacrificing herself. One piece of herself falls to earth and creates the Monkey King.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Pou-Soi Cheang for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Clarence Yiu-leung Fok, Robert Harris, Kiefer Liu, and Michael Wehrhahn for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Sun Wukong/Monkey King (Donnie Yen), Jade Emperor (Yun-Fat Chow), Bull Demon King (Aaron Kwok), Master Puti (Yitian Hai), Erlangshen (Peter Ho), Princess Iron Fan (Joe Chen), and Ruxue (Zitong Xia).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. This movie requires much Chinese cultural knowledge. Without that background, it makes it exceptionally difficult to get the impact and the meaning of the story.

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