In case you were wondering, no, this whole trend of similar movies all releasing at the same time is not just a Hollywood thing. Case in point: The Monkey King, a new big budget, over the top, crazy CGI epic telling the countless times adapted Chinese folk tale, “Journey to the West”. Not to be confused with Stephen “Kung Fu Hustle” Chow’s Journey to the West, a new big budget, over the top, crazy CGI epic.
So how do you tell the two apart? Easy, The Monkey King has Donnie Yen and Chow Yun Fat in it. Also, magical monkey dandruff* that turns into tiny ass-kicking monkeys. Did I mention this was kind of crazy?
The film is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng’en’s classical novel Journey to the West and will tell the story of how the Monkey King (Donnie Yen) rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven (Chow Yun Fat).
Donnie Yen. Chow Yun Fat. For most fans of Asian cinema, those two names are enough to secure your bum in a cinema seat. I should know, my bum is one of them. But I have a feeling that this may just be too batshit bonkers for some cinemagoers. I mean, did you see that trailer?! And the early 2000’s videogame level CGI certainly isn’t helping matters much.
That being said, I’m always willing to watch Donnie Yen punch and kick somebody, even when he’s dressed as a golden monkey.
The Monkey King also stars Aaron Kwok and Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin and is scheduled for release in its native China on January 31, 2014, but no further international release dates have been set yet.*Yes, I know that it isn’t really dandruff, and that Sun Wukong aka the Monkey King is supposed to have the ability to regenerate copies of himself from every strand of his hair, but then the joke just wouldn’t be as funnier.
Last Updated: January 10, 2014