Lots Of New Footage In The Final Trailer For THE MONKEY KING 3D!

The final trailer for Pou-Soi Cheang's new film, The Monkey King 3D has arrived as we approach the final week nearing the film's theatrical release in Hong Kong and China on January 30 and 31, respectively. No English subtitles here, but the trailer flexes a LOT more muscle in its dialogue than in previous trailers and TV spots. However, the film is expected to cross the pond as the year progress through the Fall, so we may yet see more trailers ahead as distributors announce their pick ups and release dates.

Acclaimed international action hero Donnie Yen directs the action sequences and stars in his latest stint as the larger-than-life character based on the works of 16th century Chinese author Wu Cheng'en. Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun Fat also star along with Xia Zi Tong, Joe Chan, Zilin Zhang, Peter Ho, Gigi Leung and Kelly Chen.

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 Kings 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 rightful place in the Heavens. It is a classic story of the scorned underdog who acquires great abilities but uses them recklessly and ultimately must pay a huge price to find redemption. The Monkey King captures the drama, beauty, humor and fantastic action of the folk legend and brings it to the screen in a way never before possible.


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