Anime director Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter) is supervising the Japanese language adaptation of Monkey King: Hero is Back (known as Xi you ji zhi da sheng gui lai in China and Saiyuki: Hero is Back in Japan), a 2015 3DCG animated film based on the Chinese literary classic, Journey to the West.
Monkey King: Hero is Back is directed by Tian Xiaopeng and features animation by October Animation Studio. The movie is one of the highest grossing animated films in China, and an English language version featuring the voices of Jackie Chan and James Hong has also been released. The story of Monkey King: Hero is Back is described as follows:
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.
Monkey King: Hero is Back will be released theatrically in Japan on January 13, 2018.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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