"The Monkey King" a.k.a. (The Monkey King: The Legend Begins) (2014)
The Monkey King, also known as 大鬧天宮 and Da Nao Tian Gongis a 2014 Hong Kong Chinese action-fantasy film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the film's action director. Production began in Beijing on 18 October 2010 and was filmed in 3D. The plot is based on an episode of Journey to the West, a Chinese literary classic written in the Ming Dynasty by Wu Cheng'en. It was released on 31 January 2014. A sequel titled The Monkey King 2 was released in February 2016.
(Synopsis): 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 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
Starring: Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Chow Yun Fat, Joe Chen Qiao En, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Peter Ho Yun Tung, Calvin Cheng Ka Sing, Kelly Chen Wai Lam, Gigi Leung Wing Kei
Director: Soi Cheang Pou Soi, Produced by: Kiefer Lyhrywgraiu, Michael Wehrhahn, Robert Harris, Action Director: Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Language: Mandarin, Running time:: 119 minutes, Release date: 25 January 2014 (Beijing premiere), 30 January 2014 (Hong Kong), 31 January 2014 (China)