Above: Donnie Yen stars in “The Monkey King”.
The Monkey King <西遊記之大鬧天宮> cast, Donnie Yen (甄子丹), Chow Yun Fat (周潤發), Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Joe Chen (陳喬恩) and Peter Ho (何潤東) promoted the film at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival this week. The first trailer of the film was also revealed.
Director Cheang Pou Soi’s (郑保瑞) new 3D film is the latest adaptation of Journey to the West <西遊記>, one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. In November last year, it released a teaser trailer which revealed nothing but only the big stars involved in the film. Footage from the actual film was revealed in a trailer at the Shanghai Film Festival.
Starring Donnie Yen as the Monkey King, the movie features heavy CGI effects to create the fantasy backdrop. Donnie’s martial arts skills made it possible to recognize him despite his thick makeup. The magical skills of the Monkey King’s 72 transformations were made possible with the help of the CGI. It was understood that the film was wholly filmed using a screen backdrop and then edited on the computer. The entire process took more than six months to complete and the film used a total of 2,600 special effect shots.
Cast Promotes “The Monkey King”
In the film, the Monkey King (Donnie Yen) rebels against the Jade Emperor (Chow Yun Fat). However, in the trailer released, there was no footage of the Jade Emperor, or the Bull Demon King, played by Aaron Kwok. Despite this, the trio attracted wide media coverage and squeals when they rode on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.
Chow Yun Fat jokingly complained that filming the movie zapped his energy level, and he could only film for two hours each day. Not to lose out, Donnie and Aaron also complained incessantly about sitting down for five to six hours for the makeup artists to apply their makeup. Donnie and Aaron teased that their action scenes are more than Fat Gor’s.
After numerous delays, The Monkey King will be released in China during the 2014 Lunar New Year holiday.
“The Monkey King” Trailer
Donnie Yen, Chow Yun Fat, and Aaron Kwok at 16th Shanghai International Film Festival
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