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The classic Chinese novel Journey to the West gets reimagined for the silver screen in the 3D fantasy extravaganza The Monkey King featuring the blockbuster cast of Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, Peter Ho, Kelly Chen, Gigi Leung and Joe Chen. Carrying the heavy price tag of RMB$500 million, director Soi Cheang's (Dog Bite Dog) ambitious Chinese folk epic is no monkey business. Taking four years to prepare, The Monkey King is a magnificent adventure and technical spectacle with special effects produced by the Hollywood crew that worked on Avatar as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings series.

After Goddess Nuwa (Zhang Zilin) sacrifices herself to save the mortal world, the mischievous Monkey King (Donnie Yen) comes into being from one of her crystals. Powerful and uncontrollable, Monkey King challenges the Jade Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) and causes an uproar in heaven, unwittingly creating an opportunity for the wicked Buffalo Demon King (Aaron Kwok) to wage war in heaven.

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Product Title: The Monkey King (2014) (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (Japan Version) 西遊記之大鬧天宮 Special Edition (Blu-ray) (日本版) 西游记之大闹天宫 Special Edition (Blu-ray) (日本版) モンキー・マジック 孫悟空誕生 スペシャル・エディション 【Blu-ray Disc】 The Monkey King (2014) (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Chow Yun Fat | Donnie Yen | Joe Chen | Kelly Chen | Aaron Kwok | Gigi Leung | Peter Ho | Eddie Cheung | Li Jing | Hai Yi Tian | Wang Yuan Yuan | Liu Hua | Cathy Leung | Him Law | Carlson Cheng 周潤發 | 甄 子丹 | 陳喬恩 | 陳慧琳 | 郭富城 | 梁詠琪 | 何潤東 | 張兆輝 | 李菁 | 海一天 | 汪圓圓 | 劉樺 | 梁雨恩 | 羅仲謙 | 鄭 家星 周润发 | 甄 子丹 | 陈 乔恩 | 陈慧琳 | 郭富城 | 梁咏琪 | 何润东 | 张兆辉 | 李菁 | 海一天 | 汪圆圆 | 刘桦 | 梁雨恩 | 罗仲谦 | 郑 家星 周潤發 (チョウ・ユンファ) | 甄子丹(ドニー・イェン) | 陳喬恩(ジョー・チェン) | 陳慧琳(ケリー・チャン) | 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) | 梁詠琪 (ジジ・リョン) | 何潤東(ピーター・ホー) | 張兆輝(チョン・シウファイ) | Li Jing | Hai Yi Tian | Wang Yuan Yuan | 劉樺(リウ・ホア) | 梁雨恩 (キャシー・リョン) | Him Law | 鄭家星(カールソン・チェン) 주윤발 | 견자단 | Joe Chen | 진혜림 | 곽부성 | Gigi Leung | Peter Ho | Eddie Cheung | Li Jing | Hai Yi Tian | Wang Yuan Yuan | Liu Hua | Cathy Leung | 나중겸 | Carlson Cheng
Director: Soi Cheang 鄭保瑞 郑保瑞 鄭保瑞 (ソイ・チェン) 소이 청
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2015-08-12
Publisher Product Code: PPWB-300455
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Twin
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1042962076

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ドニー・イェン / ジョー・チェン[陳喬恩] / チョウ・ユンファ[周潤發] / ソイ・チェン (監督)


製作国 : 香港 (Hong Kong)
公開年 : 2015


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Professional Review of "The Monkey King (2014) (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)"

June 12, 2014

This professional review refers to The Monkey King (2014) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (2-Disc Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
There have been few films from China as big or as hotly anticipated as The Monkey King, a new version of the much-loved and oft-filmed tale, starring some of the biggest names in the industry in Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok, backed by a glittering supporting cast including the likes of Peter Ho, Kelly Chen, Gigi Leung, Joe Chen and others. Directed by Soi Cheang (Motorway), the film also enjoyed a massive RMB$500 million budget, and despite a lengthy production process and lukewarm reviews from the critics, was a gigantic smash hit at the local box office during its Lunar New Year release.

The film is set long before the events of Journey to the West and begins with Buffalo Demon King (Aaron Kwok) attacking the heavenly kingdom with his hordes before being defeated by Jade Emperor (Chow Yun Fat) and banished to Flaming Mountain with his love Princess Iron Fan (Joe Chen). To heal the kingdom, Goddess Nuwa (Zhang Zilin) transforms herself into crystals, one of which falls down to the mortal world, and gives birth to the Monkey King (Donnie Yen), who grows up to lead his people in their peaceful mountain home. One day, the Buddhist Master Puti (Hai Yitian) drops by, and deciding that Monkey King is divine, takes him back to Mountain Mi to tutor him in Taoism and the ways of righteousness, calling him Sun Wukong. Though good at heart, Wukong is proud and mischievous, and the Buffalo Demon King hatches a plan to turn him against Jade Emperor and to reignite his war with the heavens.

The most important thing by far to be aware of when approaching The Monkey King is that it's every inch the family friendly commercial popcorn blockbuster, and is almost certainly not the film that Donnie Yen or Soi Cheang devotees will be expecting. This isn't a bad thing in as itself, of course, and it's a pretty interesting take on the Journey to the West material and the character of the Monkey King, Soi making him more innocent and less of a villain than in the original text, Buffalo Demon King taking over full-on evil duties in his place. At the same time, there's a genuine effort to develop his character through the film, giving him a semi-redemptive arc and a love interest in the form of fox maiden Ruxue (Xia Zitong), and this helps to ensure a certain level of emotional involvement. Yen really gives his all in the title role, and his Monkey King is a likeable and more sympathetic figure than usual, making the film fun and less complicated in a perfectly serviceable manner. The cast are all solid, with Aaron Kwok glowering effectively, Chow Yun Fat doing his by now perfected noble emperor thing, and the big name supporting cast all doing their bit ?the line-up of talent on screen really is genuinely impressive.

The giant budget and special effects are arguably as big a draw as the cast, and Soi certainly goes out to assault the viewer with a non-stop avalanche of spectacular set pieces and money shots, all in eye-popping 3D. With much of the film clearly having been shot green screen, there's a huge amount of CGI (partly worked on by the Avatar and Lord of the Rings teams), and this proves both a strength and a weakness - while it does allow Soi to really let rip with his imagination, the computer work does vary quite wildly in quality, from the jaw-dropping through to the bizarrely shabby. With practical makeup and frankly weird animal costumes being thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of an odd mix, though for younger viewers or those in the right frame of mind this should really only add to the enjoyment. Inevitably, there isn't much in the way of actual martial arts, most of the large scale action scenes having a slapstick air, and though Yen has a few chances to show off his trademark lightning fast fists, his performance is mainly focused on acrobatics, with lots of leaping around in suitably monkey-like fashion.

Ultimately, it's easy enough to see why The Monkey King might not have gone down too well with critics and some fans, as it certainly could be seen as a missed opportunity to make a truly definitive or gritty film about the title character, which this certainly isn't. However, as a family friendly piece of eye candy there's a lot to be said for what Soi Cheang has achieved here, and its box office receipts suggest that it definitely struck a chord with local audiences. It's hard not to be impressed by the level of star power, in front of and behind the camera, not to mention the grandiose visuals and effects, and despite its flaws, the film is the very definition of event cinema and a couple of hours of fantasy fun.

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Customer Review of "The Monkey King (2014) (Blu-ray) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10 (1)

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June 10, 2014

This customer review refers to The Monkey King (2014) (DVD) (3D + 2D) (Taiwan Version)
don't bother Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
I grew up with the story of the Monkey King and was excited with the release of this movie because it has Donnie Yen in it, I thought this would be a great flick with good martial arts fight sequences and story.

I was disappointed, first the cgi visual is so saturated and badly done that I myself can do better. Then the 3D version was so horribly made that with the glasses on, you can still see double images. the 2D version was okay but because of all the cgi added to the scene and mostly either too close up or too wide angled that either you can't see the scene well or you can't find the actors (because the cgi was killing the movie), oh, and don't get me started with one Monkey that has a weird long nose...

Basically, the imagery kicks you out of the scene. Donnie's Monkey King portrait was okay, I do like his facial expression and reactions, but his voice jumps from high pitch to normal that it just seems like a kid going through puberty.

Story was, it was as close to the books as I remembered.

Overall, I think as a fantasy movie, you have better enjoyment with the 80's Zhu Mountain than this. not worth the $27 that I spent.

If you don't believe me, go and check out their trailers online and you will notice how busy the clips are and you will know it's just like that throughout.
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