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The Monkey King 2

The Monkey King 2

Jan. 22, 2016 Hong Kong120 Min.
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Director

Soi Cheang
Director

Cast

Aaron Kwok isThe Monkey King
The Monkey King
Gong Li isLady White
Lady White
William Feng isLittle Monk
Little Monk
Him Law isSha Wujing
Sha Wujing
Kelly Chen isGoddess of Mercy Guanyin
Goddess of Mercy Guanyin
Fei Xiang isCloud Hercynian King
Cloud Hercynian King
Lu Wei isBasilisk
Basilisk
Giselle Chia isBat demon
Bat demon
Miya isPorcupine demon
Porcupine demon

Synopsis

Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

The Monkey King 2
The Monkey King 2
The Monkey King 2
The Monkey King 2
Original title西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精
IMDb Rating6.0 1,828 votes
TMDb Rating5.8 19 votes

(11) comments

  • moviexclusiveFebruary 4, 2016Reply

    In every respect better than its predecessor by a huge measure, ‘The Monkey King 2’ ushers in the Lunar Year of the Monkey in exuberant spirited fashion

    With a movie like ‘The Monkey King’, the only way you could go with a
    sequel is up, so it really isn’t that surprising that ‘The Monkey King
    2’ is a few notches better than its predecessor. Yet the two years
    since the release of that dull and expensive CGI eyesore sees its
    helmer Soi Cheang find poise, imagination and inspiration to deliver a
    much more assured, entertaining, and engaging cinematic rendition of
    the legendary ‘Journey to the West’ story, bolstered in no small
    measure by an irrepressibly lively turn by Aaron Kwok – replacing the
    original’s Donnie Yen – as the titular Sun Wukong and excellent CGI by
    no less than the folks behind ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’.

    Now that his origins are out of the way, this second chapter – set 500
    years after he was imprisoned by the Goddess of Mercy – sees the young
    and ingenuous Tang Priest Xuanzang (Feng Shaofeng) free Wukong from
    under the clutches of the Five Elements Mountain after being pursued by
    a white tiger. Unbeknowst to Wukong, their encounter has in fact been
    predestined by the Goddess (Kelly Chen) herself, who has given Wukong
    the quest of protecting Xuanzang on his journey to retrieve some sacred
    scriptures. Unbeknownst to Wukong, two other characters have been given
    similar assignments – one, the half-man half-pig Zhu Bajie (Xiao
    Shenyang); and two, the Sand Demon Sha Wujing (Him Law) – thus
    completing the quadfecta of characters most commonly associated with
    the classic story.

    Opting wisely not to cover too much ground, a newly appointed quartet
    of screenwriters (including Ran Ping and Ran Jianan, Elvis Man and Yin
    Yiyi) instead pick a famous segment from Wu Cheng’en’s classical novel
    to form the backbone for this film, that of Wukong defeating the White
    Boned Demon (or 白骨精). The latter has been terrorising the wealthy Silk
    Road Kingdom of Yun for years, but her latest target is Xuanzang, whose
    flesh she believes will help her gain immortality. Those familiar with
    the source novel will remember the famous ‘three strikes’ between
    Wukong and the White Boned Demon – first as a village girl, second as
    an elderly woman and third as an elderly man – but rather than a
    literal adaptation, the writers have re-interpreted the text more
    broadly as a three-round fight between the Demon and Wukong, with the
    last reserved for an epic CGI-heavy battle that has the Demon
    transforming into a towering half-bodied skeleton.

    Oh yes, that last sequence alone is probably the most breathtaking that
    we’ve seen in any Chinese film thus far, a combination of good old Hong
    Kong action-on-wirework and modern-day CGI to re-define the fantasy
    epic genre. In fact, Cheang seems to have adopted the template set by
    his Hollywood counterparts for this sequel, constructing his film as a
    compendium of thrilling action sequences with enough story, humour and
    character development to serve as narrative glue in between.

    Replacing Yen as action director is none other than Sammo Hung, and the
    latter’s penchant for showy, flamboyant moves over the former’s more
    grounded style proves a surprisingly better fit for the genre.
    Seemingly relishing the opportunity to be disencumbered from the forces
    of gravity, Hung hardly keeps his characters feet on the ground,
    preferring instead to send them soaring up into the heights of heaven
    or circling in the air while battling each other or one another. In
    particular, Kwok’s months of martial arts training to prepare for this
    role has paid off handsomely, rewarding him with a deft physicality to
    match his naturally buoyant personality.

    Cheang has also obviously benefited from the experience of the previous
    film in working with effects-heavy sequences, such that the visuals
    here boast a dynamism which its predecessor often lacked. Equally,
    Cheang is a lot more at ease juggling comedy, drama and action,
    striking the right balance between lightness and sobriety – and the
    result is a film that knows when to take itself seriously and when to
    just have fun. The humour is wacky and well-timed, not only from
    Wukong’s cheekiness but also from Bajie’s willingness to poke fun at
    his pigsy look; while the drama emphasises Wukong and Xuanzang’s
    conflicting principles, the former who sees no need to show mercy to
    those who do evil and the latter who is a firm believer of mercy
    regardless.

    As much as we hate to admit it, Kwok is a much better ‘Monkey King’
    than Yen – not only is he much more spirited than Yen ever was, Kwok is
    also a much more expressive actor, and even under layers of heavy
    makeup, one feels keenly his sense of playfulness, frustration,
    indignation, anger, and loyalty to Xuanzang. On the other hand, Gong Li
    is a much better villain than Kwok was as the Bull Demon King; like
    Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficient’ or Charlize Theron in ‘Snow White and
    the Huntsman’, Gong Li exudes elegance and malice in equal measure, so
    much so that there is never any element of doubt why her two subjects
    and even the King of Yun Kingdom (Kris Phillips) tremble and quiver in
    her presence.

    Even though it would have made sense for Cheang to step aside for
    another director to take his place after the embarrassing 2014
    original, the choice to return Cheang to the helm is at the end a wise
    one, allowing this sequel to improve in every respect from story to
    character to action to drama and ultimately to CGI. No matter how
    opportunistic it may seem for this sequel to be released right smack at
    the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Monkey, ‘The Monkey King 2’
    overcomes such cynicism by delivering crowd-pleasing four-quadrant
    entertainment in exuberant fashion. If it’s fun and thrills you’re
    looking for this New Year, it’s fun and thrills you’ll get.

  • quincytheodoreFebruary 6, 2016Reply

    Ascended into greater heights, Monkey King embarks on a genuine mythical journey.

    When the first Monkey King premiered there was lofty expectation, yet
    what we got was lackluster ancient mythology with outdated graphic.
    Understandably, this can hinder audience’s interest for the sequel, but
    worry not, ”The Monkey King 2” is leagues above its predecessor, using
    better animation, excellent production and friendlier characters to
    deliver a more amicable magical tale.

    This is the story of Sun Wukong as he first meets with Tang Sanzang,
    the monk who will journey to the west to get the scripture. Perhaps
    this story will be familiar to Asian audience, and it’s refreshing to
    see it’s presented with gorgeous modern presentation. Aaron Kwok as Sun
    Wukong is arguably better than Donnie Yen, he has more zeal which fits
    the scrappy Monkey King better, specifically with his body language.
    Granted, he enjoys higher level of production to create the persona.

    Gong Li as Lady White fits as the villain. One can’t go wrong in
    casting a charismatic actor and polish her character in CG, costume and
    make-up. She brings a heavier impact to every scene she’s in. This also
    translates to other characters as well. Lady White’s fellow monsters
    are uniquely portrayed as half women half beast, almost similar to
    something from Del Toro’s universe and the make-up doesn’t disappoint.

    Rendition of the monk, Baije and Wujing always spark interest, and the
    version this movie produces is definitely cordial. Their attires change
    throughout the phases as they’re displayed in flashy fashion yet still
    recognizable in the intricacy. A few comedic moments are pleasantly
    delivered with good chemistry. It is simply a better cast in general
    than the first movie had.

    The most improvement is seen in CG department, which looks breathtaking
    as a fantasy adventure even in first glance. Settings as well as
    costume present a delicate balance with its contrasting color. Each
    event grants a distinct unique view as the group travels through cities
    and villages. At some points it even resembles another journey from the
    West, ”Lord of The Ring” in its natural splendor and enigmatic
    creature.

    It is not without flaws, although these are not major by any means. The
    plot tries to create more perspectives, but its core story is no
    different than many Monkey King shows from TV and movie. Ironically,
    the familiar sense can be too predictable. The visual can get sketchy
    as well, but for the most parts they hold up nicely, its more intense
    scenes are definitely visually pleasing.

    Brandishing new graphic, cast and vista, this is a leap to silver
    screen fitting for the name of ”Monkey King”

  • subxerogravityFebruary 11, 2016Reply

    Mostly visually amazing, but not as into the story as I hoped

    I know the Monkey King is a huge thing in China. I herd about it before
    and have see the American adaption, the Forbidden Kingdom, with Jet Li
    as the Monkey king.

    This movie was visually bad ass. I loved the design of the title
    character. All the CGI actually worked to make the movie feel very big
    and very epic. It makes me wish it was released in IMAX here in the
    States, not just in 3D. The final battle in the movie was mind blowing.

    But I just did not get into the tale of the Monkey King. I don’t know
    why this story is so popular and the movie did nothing to change this
    thought. It was suppose to be funny in certain places, but I did not
    get it and it just seem that a lot of things were happen just to
    produce a cool special effect for it, not to drive any story.

    It was fun to look at but not the most compelling story, speaking as
    someone unfamiliar with the story being told

  • William O. TylerFebruary 18, 2016Reply

    A spectacle of epic proportions!!!

    The Monkey King 2 picks up right where the first Monkey King left off,
    continuing the story based on the legendary Journey to the West tales.
    This sequel is quite a level up from the first in a lot of ways. It’s
    calmer and all around more precise and focused in its filmmaking, which
    in itself makes for a better upgrade, but the special effects and
    overall look of the film have been ratcheted up as well. Not that the
    previous installment was bad, but The Monkey King 2 finally presents a
    version of this classic Chinese story that lives up to its original
    epic otherworldliness.

    The film is beautifully and intricately designed. The sets are grand,
    even when they aren’t really there. The costumes are lavish, holding
    great detail and weight. From monkey fur to pig nose, the makeup
    effects are stunning and amusing. The fight sequences are dramatically
    extraordinary, as they should be for deities at battle, with great
    choreographed wirework for literal high-flying action. The CG animation
    is not the absolute best, but even that doesn’t deter from the film.
    There’s so much going on anyway that nothing is ever able to pull you
    out of the adventure. There is always something else more beyond belief
    to draw your eye. Since the film was actually shot in 3D, not converted
    to the format afterwards, it perfectly matches the bigger than life
    feel of the film and is extremely successful and atmospheric.

    The Monkey King is the stuff of legends, and the actors here are
    perfectly cast in a rich variety of characters. Xiaoshenyang is an
    adorably perverted piggy Zhu Bajie, Him Law makes a hefty brute in Sha
    Wujing and Feng Shaofeng comes honest as monk Tang Sanzang. Li Gong is
    absolutely flawless as the villainous White Bone Demon, a knockout that
    throws back to classic female villains that are as deadly as they are
    beautiful. She is formidable. This is what Angelina Jolie should have
    been in Maleficent. Likewise for her henchwomen and their entrance into
    the film is a dazzling moment of horror. Aaron Kwok, starring as The
    Monkey King himself, gives a smoother portrayal than his predecessor.
    I’m unsure if it was a character choice after the events of the first
    movie or an actor’s choice to make the character a little cooler, but
    it’s a good choice nonetheless, making him simultaneously more
    relatable and dreamy, but still with his playful monkey mannerisms and
    charm.

    The Monkey King 2 is a top notch spectacle, in incredible 3D, that puts
    Hollywood’s latest over the top endeavors to shame. With movies like
    Gods of Egypt, and all of its gloriously shiny cultural appropriation,
    happening more often than not, it is wonderful to see a big budget film
    made by and for its own culture. It adds more than authenticity. It’s
    also amazing to see how majorly the movie has done in the Chinese box
    office. No doubt due to its timed release around the Chinese New Year,
    celebrating the year of the monkey, the film has already set a world
    record of $548 million in one week, topping Star Wars: The Force
    Awakens which previously held the spot. And The Monkey King 2 well
    deserves all the success that the year of the monkey brings to it.

  • tcytcyApril 28, 2016Reply

    Very very disappointed

    Firstly, the plot progresses very very slow. The characters speak slow,
    actions are slow and the attacks are slow. As a result, i cant get
    sucked into the action atmosphere.

    Secondly, i think that teach of the characters are not being portrayed
    as they should have been. It just doesn’t do the legend justice. the
    make up and dressing of the characters are also a little too over the
    top. Aaron Kwok tried his best to act, but the make-up and script
    failed him – the choice of words were…

    A lot of the actions were very unnecessary thus causing the characters
    to be portrayed in a different light. These unnecessary details were
    given way too much air time. I got bored at the 20 minute mark and gave
    up hoping for a good show at the 40 minute mark.

    Also, i am not sure if this is supposed to include comedy in its genre
    but i am seeing a lot of small silly actions (that would make one laugh
    in normal circumstances) right in the middle of a battle.

    Im just very disappointed. Some may disagree with me. but on the bright
    side, gong li killed her role. Wished she could be more menacing
    though.

  • tdevil9April 29, 2016Reply

    Much much better than the first movie

    I wasn’t expecting a sequel after watching the disappointing first film
    that was 2 years behind the original scheduled release. Despite the
    plethora of well-known actors/actresses, it turned out to be a huge
    disappointment due to the deviation from the original story. Chow Yun
    Fat was the most miscast actor when he was chosen to play the Jade
    Emperor 🙁

    I’m glad to say that this sequel is much better than the first movie in
    every aspect. The script focuses mainly on Sun Wukong and the Bone
    Demoness. The monk is left to look like a bumbling idiot. He looks and
    acts like the same role in the Stephen Chow’s Journey to the West.
    Aaron Kwok’s portrayal of Sun Wukong is much less flamboyant than
    Donnie Yen’s portrayal – and for that, I am glad.

    The special effects are very well done, which is a relief considering
    the disaster in the first movie. If I hadn’t watched Iron Man or Harry
    Potter before, I would be even more impressed with some of the effects
    in the final battle scene.

    Gong Li visual presence was, for me, the epitome of womanhood 🙂

  • gregsachoffJuly 7, 2016Reply

    The Monkey King Havoc in Heaven’s Palace was our first choice.

    Love the movie. Thought it was entertaining and my kids wanted to see
    it again. But we all agree Donnie Yen was a better choice for The
    Monkey King / Sun Wu Kong The Monkey King Havoc in Heaven’s Palace was
    our first choice and favorite among the two so far. Havoc in Heaven’s
    Palace seem to have more story structure and the kids liked the
    characters better and loved the historical fight scenes with Donnie
    Yen’s Character. My wife seemed to like the most the musical score of
    the film and we purchased the soundtrack in which we listen to quite
    often.

    My Kids also each wanted there own Blu-Ray in which I purchased for all
    three of them. With anything the first is always the better of the two
    but recommend both.

  • jasonlock-11608July 9, 2016Reply

    Fun fantasy adventure

    I really enjoyed it, it was a fun action fantasy romp, and I love the
    various Journey to the West stories. I didn’t see the first Monkey
    King, it had such poor reviews so I didn’t bother. Anyway, Monkey King
    2 completely feels like its’ own entity, it is a different story from
    the book and the Monkey King origin story has been told many times
    before.

    Aaron Kwok is a delight to watch. I can’t say how he compared to Donnie
    Yen but he’s so lovable. It’s FUN, often funny. Gong Li is very hammy,
    and couldn’t chew the scenery more, but it’s within the tone of the
    film. It really is a riveting family adventure from start to finish

    It contains the usual overabundance of CG which all these Chinese
    blockbusters have, but the quality isn’t awful this time! Much better
    than some of the video-game level effects I’ve seen recently in others.
    There is a lot of practical wire-work amidst the wash of particle
    effects and glowy things. Most importantly, the charisma of the stars
    shines through it.

    I saw this on a trip to China, I don’t know if it received, or will
    receive a release in the West, but it should. It will probably turn up
    in the Netflix graveyard at some point. It’s better than most cookie-
    cutter American fantasy blockbusters, with, of course due to the nature
    of the source text, much better lessons and values sitting underneath
    the action than ‘yet another Hero’s Journey story’ as Hollywood pumps
    out again and again.

  • rajatshanu64July 31, 2016Reply

    previous part is much better

    here i am with the monkey king 2 i am expecting something great with
    this part because it’s first one part is awesome but this one not as
    good as one but still fine maybe you will laugh on that pig face
    monster men i don’t like this story at all there is not aim they just
    decide a aim in beginning but they didn’t complete in end this is very
    negative point in this part monkey king got a teacher or Guru in
    beginning both guru and monkey kind have different ways of thinking so
    any lord gives him target to go together and find a book or something
    and they go and in end guru says to monkey kill his for a reason to
    save a evil women for she can be in a good way and not much interest i
    found even this time it’s activity is not funny as in previous part

  • masercotDecember 27, 2016Reply

    A Spiritual Journey with Man-pigs, Blue Guy and a Giant Skeleton

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • dcarsonhagyJanuary 18, 2017Reply

    The Monkey King 2

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