JOURNEY TO THE WEST: DEMON CHAPTER

Crew

Director – Tsui Hark, Screenplay – Stephen Chow, Lee Si Zhen Kelvin và Tsui Hark, Producers – Stephen Chow, Nansun Shi và Tsui Hark, Photography (3D) – Choi Sng Fai, Music – Raymond Wong, Visual Effects Supervisors – Klặng Wook & Park Young Soo, Visual Effects – Mofac và Alfred Prosthetic Makeup Supervisor – Liu Ji, Production Design – Yoshihito lớn Akatsuka. Production Company – The Star Overseas Limited/Trung Quốc Film Co, Ltd./Hehe Pictures Corporation Limited/Xiang Shan Zeyue Culture Media Co., Ltd./Premium Data Associates Limited/Shangnhị Tao Piao Piao Movie và TV Culture Co, Ltd./Wandomain authority Media Co,. Ltd./Dadi Century (Beijing) Co., Ltd./Guangzhou Jinyi Media Corporation/Zhe Jiang Hengdian Film Co., Ltd./Tianjin Maoyan Pictures./Maxtimes (Tianjin) Entertainment & Media Company./Lian Ray Pictures/Huayi Brothers Pictures Limited.

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Cast

Kris Wu (Monk Tang), Lin Gengxin (The Monkey King), Yao Chen (Minister), Jelly Lin (Felicity), Mengke Bateer (Sandy), Yang Yiwei (Pigsy), Bao Beier (The King), Shu Qi (Duan)


Plot

Monk Tang continues his journey khổng lồ the West, accompanied by The Monkey King, Pigsy và Sandy. In between fighting demons, they are forced to lớn perform in towns in order to lớn earn provisions for the journey. Monk Tang is finding the Monkey King increasingly more difficult to lớn control. They come to the thành phố of Bi Qui ruled over by a child king who petulantly demands that everything be arranged for his entertainment. They are banished after Monkey’s mischievous exploits go awry but Monkey sees that the king is really a demon and insistently returns lớn fight hyên ổn. In reward for combating the demon, the real king gives Monk Tang the concubine Felicity as his companion. Monk Tang sees his lost love Duan in her, but Monkey insists that she is a detháng despite all evidence otherwise.


Journey to lớn the West: Conquering the Demons (2013) was a reasonable hit for Stephen Chow. An adaptation of the 16th Century Chinese legover Journey to the West, which has been filmed multiple times – see below – Chow spun the story through his usual bent for frenetic slapstichồng comedy. This is a field in which Chow had proven himself a comic genius in the past with films that he has directed/starred in such as From Beijing with Love sầu (1994), Forbidden City Cop (1996), Shaolin Soccer (2001) & Kung Fu Hustle (2004). On the other hand, Conquering the Demons failed khổng lồ work with the inspiration that Chow’s earlier films did – it can be seen that his work of the 2010s, at the same time as his work rises lớn all-time popularity at the Chinese box-office, has become bloated and not that funny.

Journey to the West: Detháng Chapter is a sequel. While Conquering the Demons acted as a prelude to lớn the saga, this brings the series more in line with the traditional adventures in Journey lớn the West. Here Stephen Chow has stepped baông chồng from directing, although co-writes the script và produces.

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Kris Wu as Monk Tang

Chow has given the directorial chair khổng lồ Tsui Hark, one of the legends of Hong Kong cinema. Tsui essentially created the flying swordsman genre with Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) và has directed & produced numerous other works (see below). It is a surprise that Tsui and Chow have sầu not worked together before, although Tsui did make a cameo acting appearance in Chow’s last directed film The Mermaid (2016).

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Tsui Hark và Stephen Chow make for an uneasy phối. Tsui delivers one of his usual films, filled with wildly over-the-top fantastique moves. There are some eye-catching sequences – a battle between the buổi tiệc nhỏ and a household of women transformed into spider beings; the slapstick nonsense around the throne room of Bi Qui, climaxing in a battle with a series of sinister clockwork creations that look lượt thích they have stepped out of a Tyên Burton film and a sky filled with hundreds of flaming horses alongside a palace that is torn out of the ground & levitated up into the air. The film reaches an especially epical climactic battle with the Monkey King transformed inkhổng lồ a giant ape made of roông xã that is cracked open khổng lồ reveal veins of lava inside, fighting off the Golden Vulture và tearing mountains up from the ground as multiple Buddhas appear, creating massive sầu tidal waves.

On the other hand, while this results in a much more fantastical film that Conquering the Demons, having lớn take on board Stephen Chow’s slapstiông chồng tone makes for a very silly Tsui Hark film. Chow’s brvà of comedy that plays on frenetic slapstiông chồng và simple-minded caricatures (not lớn mention poking laughter at fat & ugly people) is not something you ever find in any of Tsui’s other films. The plot is also on the episodic side. Moreover, the film suffers from the problems that bephối much modern Chinese-made fantasy and that is that an incredible amount of money is lavished on the sets và costuming but the CGI effects look very obviously like CGI effects.

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(l khổng lồ r) Pigsy (Yang Yiwei) Monk Tang (Kris Wu) and Monkey King (Lin Gengxin)

Tsui Hark’s other genre films as director are:- The Butterfly Murders (1979), We’re Going khổng lồ Eat You (1980), Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983), Aces Go Places III: Our Man from Bond Street/Mad Mission III: Our Man from Bond Street (1984), Green Snake (1993), Butterfly Lovers (1994), Zu Warriors/The Legkết thúc of Zu (2001), Blaông chồng Mask 2: City of Masks (2002), Missing (2008), Detective sầu Dee & the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010), Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011), Young Detective sầu Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013) và Detective sầu Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018). Tsui Hark has also produced A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), The laze Man (1988), Roboforce/I Love sầu Maria (1988), A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990), Swordsman (1990), A Terracotta Warrior (1990), A Chinese Ghost Story III (1991), The King of Chess (1991), New Dragon Gate Inn/Dragon Inn (1992), Swordsman II (1992), Iron Monkey (1993), The Magic Crane (1993), Swordsman III: The East is Red (1993), Wicked City (1993), Burning Hell in Paradise (1994), Black Mask (1996), A Chinese Ghost Story: A Tsui Hark Animation (1997), Master Q (2001), Vampire Hunters/The Era of Vampires (2002), Sword Master (2016) và The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017).

Other versions of Journey to the West include:- the Japanese film Monkey Sun (1940); the Chinese animated Princess Iron Fan (1941); the Japanese film Songoku: The Road khổng lồ the West/The Adventures of Sun Wu Hung (1959); the Japanese anime Alakazam the Great (1961); the Chinese animated film The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven (1965), which is the best adaptation of the story to date; a trilogy of live-action films from Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Monkey Goes West (1966), Princess Iron Fan (1966) and The Cave sầu of the Silken Web (1967); the popular the Japanese tv series Monkey (1978-9); a South Korean tv series Journey lớn the West (1982); a Japanese tv series Journey lớn the West (1993); a Japanese anime tv series Monkey Magic (1998); the US tv mini-series The Monkey King/The Lost Empire (2001) starring Thomas Gibson; the Hong Kong tv mini-series The Monkey King (2002); Jeffrey Lau’s A Chinese Tall Story (2005); a Japanese tv series Saiyuki (2006), which had one film spinoff with Saiyuki (2007); the US-made Jackie Chan/Jet Li vehicle The Forbidden Kingdom (2008); the modernised Emperor Visits the Hell (2012); while not long after this was the CGI-heavy The Monkey King (2014) starring Donnie Yen & its sequels The Monkey King 2 (2016) & The Monkey King 3 (2018) with Aaron Kwok; & the Chinese animated Monkey King: Hero is Baông xã (2015).