Monk Comes Down the Mountain

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Monk Comes Down the Mountain
Monk Comes Down the Mountain poster.jpg
Directed byChen Kaige
Produced byChen Hong
StarringWang Baoqiang
Aaron Kwok
Chang Chen
Lin Chi-ling
Fan Wei
Yuen Wah
Vanness Wu
Wang Xueqi
Danny Chan
Lam Suet
Dong Qi
Music byKlaus Badelt
CinematographyGeoffrey Simpson
New Classics Media
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byNew Classics Media
Release date
  • July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03)
Running time
123 minutes
Box officeUS$64.28 million[1][2][3]

Monk Comes Down the Mountain (Chinese: 道士下山) is a 2015 Chinese fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Chen Kaige and starring Wang Baoqiang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Lin Chi-ling, Fan Wei, Yuen Wah, Vanness Wu, Wang Xueqi, Danny Chan, Lam Suet and Dong Qi.[4] It is based on the best-selling novel Dao Shi Xia Shan (A Monk Comes Down the Mountain) by Xu Haofeng.[5] Filming started in March 2014 on location in Xianghe, Hebei. The film was released on July 3, 2015.[6][7] It will be available in IMAX 3D.[8]


When a young monk is forced to leave his impoverished monastery, he relies on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. The rare book is coveted by a sinister father and son who will go to any extremes to obtain it. The monk finds himself immersed in a deadly battle to protect both the book and his master.


Box office[edit]

The film earned US$28 million in its 3-day opening and US$38.25 million in its 4-day opening weekend in China, debuting at first place at the Chinese box office .[11][12]


  1. ^ "Weekly box office > China Week 28 07/13 - 07/19/2015". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (July 12, 2015). "'Minions' Henchmen Nab $124M & No. 1 In 4th Frame; 'Terminator' Generates $47M – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  3. ^ Clifford Coonan (July 13, 2015). "China Box Office: 'Tiny Times 4.0' Leads as Local Youth Flicks Dominate". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Aaron Kwok Joins Chen Kaige's Upcoming Film "The Monk"". 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  5. ^ Andrew Stewart (2014-03-12). "Chen Kaige's martial arts drama 'The Monk' slotted for summer 2015 release". Variety. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  6. ^ "Columbia Pictures Boards Chinese Martial Arts Feature The Monk". 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  7. ^ "道士下山 (2015)". (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  8. ^ Kevin Ma (June 19, 2015). "IMAX China establishes film fund". Film Business Asia. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
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  10. ^ Maggie Lee (July 4, 2015). "Film Review: 'Monk Comes Down the Mountain'". Variety. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (July 5, 2015). "'Terminator' Back With $74M; 'Minions' Mints $54.3M – Intl Box Office Update". Deadline Hollywood. (Penske Media Corporation). Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Clifford Coonan (July 7, 2015). "China Box Office: Homegrown 'Monk' Beats 'Jurassic World'". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved July 7, 2015.

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