Monkey King: Hero Is Back

Theatrical Release: July 29, 2016
DVD Release: August 9, 2016
Monkey King: Hero Is Back


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. Five hundred 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 help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King must now save the village from the evil Mountain Lord and his monstrous army.

Dove Review

“Monkey King: Hero is Back” is a story about the Chinese legend of the great sage, the Monkey King. He had great powers. However, when he fought with the other gods, he lost his power when he was imprisoned because he wanted to rule over the other heavenly kings. When a young boy accidentally releases him, he does not have the powers he once had.

An old monk rescued Liuer, a young boy, from the river after his parents died during a troll attack. Now he is a little bit mischievous and creates havoc as the old monk tries to teach him the ways of the monks. When the trolls attack the village and capture the children, Liuer saves a baby girl and becomes her protector.

This film features fantasy magic, monsters, and a white dragon, along with some comical moments. It also offers a lesson in helping others and working as a team and teaches that sometimes you need to have a good heart to be a great protector.

We award this movie the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages with a caution that younger children may be frightened at times.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Name calling, such as "stinking monkey" and "moron."
Violence: Trolls attack people and a village; characters fight with knives and swords; woman jumps off cliff with a baby; old man hits young boy on head and on his behind with a cane; trolls fall into fire; rocks fall on young boy.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Shirtless statue of Buddha, which later turns into a pig.
Other: Comment about seeking immortality; magical flute and powers of the gods.


Company: Viva Pictures Distrib. LLC
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices of: Jackie Chan, Nickie Bryar, Feodor Chin, Nika Futterman
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe