Monkey King: Hero Is Back

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Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Monkey King Hero is Back Chinese film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Tian Xiaopeng
Beijing Weiyingshidai Culture & Media
Hengdian Chinese Film Production Co.
October Animation Studio
S&C Pictures
Shandong Film and Television Production Center
Distributed by United Entertainment Partners (China)
Viva Pictures (USA)
Big Picture 2 Films (Portugal)
SC Films International (World-wide)
Release date
  • 10 July 2015 (2015-07-10)
Running time
90 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin, English
Budget US$16 million[1]
Box office US$153 million[2]

Monkey King: Hero Is Back (Chinese: 西游记之大圣归来) is a 2015 Chinese computer-animated film directed by first time director Tian Xiaopeng.[3] The film was released on 10 July 2015.[4] The film was the highest-grossing animated film in China until it was surpassed by Zootopia and Kung Fu Panda 3.[5][6]


The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.


Joshua Jee, David Kim, Angela Lee, Lucy Oh

English voice cast[edit]


7.8 million yuan ($1.23 million) of the film's marketing costs was raised through crowdfunding, in exchange for listing of 109 producers (many of whom are children) in the film's credits.[7][8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Outcome
2015 Golden Rooster Awards Best Animated Feature Won[9]
2015 Silk Road International Film Festival Animated Film of the Year 2015 Won[10]
2015 China Animation & Comic Competition Golden Dragon Award Best Animated Feature Film Won[11]
2015 China Animation & Comic Competition Golden Dragon Award Best Directing for an Animation Won[11]
2015 Sichuan TV Festival Goden Panda Award Best Directing for an Animation Nominated[12]
2015 Golden Horse Film Festival Best Animation Feature Nominated[13]


  1. ^ Amidi, Amid (July 26, 2015). "Breaking: 'Monkey King' Breaks Chinese Record, Surpasses 'Kung Fu Panda 2′". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved July 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Patrick Brzeski (August 31, 2015). "China Box Office: 'Terminator Genisys' Marches Towards $100M". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved September 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Forget 'Minions,' 'Monster Hunt' and 'Monkey King' Smash Chinese Box Office Records". Cartoon Brew. 2015-07-19. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  4. ^ "《大圣归来》概念美术赏 水墨油彩风格多变 东方意境跃然纸上". 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  5. ^ Jonathan Papish (January 29, 2016). "On Screen China: Let the Bear Hug Commence—'Kung Fu Panda 3'". China Film Insider. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (January 30, 2016). "'Kung Fu Panda 3' In China At $40M+ Through Saturday; Eyes Record Animation Debut". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Crowdfunding tastes blood in movie". 
  8. ^ "Film fans crowdfund new blockbuster". 
  9. ^ "Golden Rooster Awards (2015)". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  10. ^ ""第二届丝绸之路国际电影节"在福州落幕". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  11. ^ a b "第12届中国动漫金龙奖获奖名单揭晓". Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Sichuan TV Festival (2015)". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  13. ^ "Golden Horse Film Festival (2015)". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 

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