Based on a classical novel named Into The West from 16th Century China, during the Ming Dynasty, Sun Wukong or 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. The Monkey King: Havoc In The Heavenly Palace will be released in the U.S. as The Monkey King. The first movie 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 powers, battling the armies of the gods and the armies of the demons to find his ... Written by Robert Harris / Global Star Productions
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Though it may look crazy, the Chinese box office numbers are nothing to laugh at. Monkey King was China's highest opening for a film, ever. It made about 20 million in US dollars in its first day and about 64 million in its first 4 days.
The Monkey King will be released for US audiences in select theaters, September 14th, 2014.
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