The Monkey King: Havoc In Heaven's Palace (English Subtitled)

4.92 h 2 min20147+
After a goddess sacrifices herself to save the mortal world, the mischievous monkey king comes into being from one of her crystals.
Soi Cheang
Donnie YenChow Yun Fat
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4.4 out of 5 stars

362 global ratings

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Walter YeoReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
First in a trilogy concerning the story of the Monkey King and how he helps to bring the Buddhist Scriptures to China.
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This is the first part of a trilogy retelling the story of the Monkey King to be found in the Chinese Classic The Journey West which describes how the Buddhist Scriptures were brought to China starting in due course the Chan version of Buddhism, as the pilgrims face many dangers, demons and hardship. The CGI effects are impressive and whilst it will help to have a better grasp for those who have read the original story, nonetheless an enjoyable.
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randomusernameReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A few nice fights, not much else
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The way they tried to tell the story was pretty half-baked, considering the source material. The special effects were hit or miss (a lot of the early scenes with all the monkeys that just ends up looking creepy, and the end fight with the demon king and Sun Wukong turning into giant animals).

Not that I expected much, but this film treats its female characters like trash. Nuwa--sacrificed. Ruxue--sacrificed. Guanyin--just there for a quick power-up. Princess Iron Fan--there to make babies and save her evil husband. Those palace maids collecting peaches? Just there for decoration, I guess. I haven't really gone through the source material, so I'm not sure how many other female characters the writers included/excluded, but this is pretty depressing.
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CrashReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Review from an American Kung Fu Fan: Meh. It's Fine.
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Easiest way to put it: If you're ok with a hybrid of the live action Narnia from the 80s and the Pacifier with Vin Diesel, you'll be fine. If you wanted the Fast and the Furious, this movie is not for you.

I'm sure there is something lost in translation with movies like this one. It has an odd balance of an all star cast and a B movie budget. The kung fu action is meh modern fantasy stuff, but really, after Jet Li, there was no where to go with kung fu fight choreography... yes I've seen Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon🙄

Overall this move is a solid C.
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PearlieReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this story and the Monkey King is a great ...
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I have both movies and while parts of this one(very small parts) are sort of old school CGI etc, I love this story and the Monkey King is a great character. He like any young, he is an arrogant naive know it all, but you love and eventually he grows up...He also isn't always wrong!
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ChrisReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor quality Blu Ray
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Poorly mastered Blu Ray. Single audio track marked as "English" though it's clearly in a foreign language. English subtitles are burned into the video instead of an independent SUP or SRT subtitle track, making it impossible to re-position / resize subtitles as needed. Sound and picture quality questionable at best.
13 people found this helpful
fifiReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Negative Star Review. NOT 1 Star!! What did I just watched? Prior watching this, I knew it would be bad, but didn't expect it to be this baaaaaaaaaaad…. MY GOD! I watched the very first Journey to the West maybe 30 years ago so this naturally interests me. I tried the hardest to make it to the end. Literally everything in this movie is bad minus the attractive females.
Why did these A+ actors signed up for the role in these type of movies? Come On!! Don't waste your time watching this. If this is the best the Chinese film studios can bring, then we're in trouble.
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SamReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Time is precious
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The movie itself is a good movie my gripe is as follows. 1 the package was lost and took nearly 2 weeks to get to me. 2nd the case was damaged
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Tony in floridaReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Asian movies used to be one of my favorites .Not anymore , more and more are not offering english or even english dubbed as an option. And very often they will claim to be in english just to get you to buy them.Not very nice.Guess
I will have to swear off of them for good.
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