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03-12-2001, 12:15 AM
Hi Guys, I just saw the movie Lost Kingdom lastnight,and it spoke of the book Journey to the west.Can anyone tell me where I can find this book? Thanks

03-12-2001, 12:21 AM
It's translated various different ways. The translation I read was a scaled down version (the original is pretty big). It's called "Monkey" and this particular edition was translated by Arthur Waley, who is highly regarded in my experience.

Hope that helps.


03-14-2001, 03:05 AM

Actually I have just finished reading an excerpt
of Monkey(from Record of A Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng-en, and translated by Arthur Waley. It has also been tranlated as, The Adventures of
Monkey. A great story that goes back many centur-
ies. You might also want to check out his Romance
of the Three Kingdoms and The Story of the Water
Margin. All of these are quite easily obtainable
either at the libraries, bookstores, or on the Net.
I hope this was somewhat helpful ;)

03-14-2001, 03:24 AM
This was also made into a series by NTV (Japan)?

02-18-2008, 11:19 AM
On Sci Fi channnel. I just happened to be up late last night and caught this movie, anyone else see it??

08-11-2010, 01:43 PM
I'm cannibalizing this thread for Monkey King/Journey to the West posts. There's been a lot of Monkey bizness lately.

Here are some other Monkey King related threads:
Monkey King - IMAX-3D featuring Donnie Yen (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=58025)
[URL="http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56575"]Supplemant to the Journey to the West (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42599)

Martial Arts in Live Theater (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49689)

FORBIDDEN KINGDOM: the movie (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42599)

And here is my reason for posting all of this:

23rd July, 2010
China's 'hairy man' to have surgery to play Monkey King (http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/835957-chinas-hairy-man-to-have-surgery-to-play-monkey-king)
China's hairiest man is set to have cosmetic surgery in order to play The Monkey King in a TV remake of Journey To The West.

32-year-old Yu Zhenhuan has hair that covers 96 per cent of his body, due to a rare hormone imbalance.

Having previously starred in a number of movies and flirting with a singing career, Zhenhuan attempted to land the lead role of The Monkey King in a television adaptation of Journey to the West.

Unfortunately, the director decided that he wasn't attractive enough, prompting Zhenhuan's decision to undergo surgery.

'I thought I was the best candidate, as I look like a monkey and my nickname is monkey man,' he stated.

'I read through the book and found professional hair dressers to make me into a real monkey man. But I failed the audition because I am not good looking enough.

'I am going to have surgery to get rid of the hair and facial plastic surgery to make myself look more like a pretty monkey, and make the director regret his decision,' he told the China Youth Times.



03-14-2011, 09:54 AM
I'm ttt-ing this to add Journey to the West - Neil Gaimon style (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59988).

Note that I don't think we've ever had threads on Stephan Chow's A Chinese Odyssey or Russell Wong's Lost Empire. I'd start them myself but I've never seen either all the way through...

01-02-2013, 09:58 AM
I forgot to add this new one from last July: Stephan Chow's Journey to the West (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61200). Over New Year's, I treated myself to A Chinese Odyssey and will review it later on that thread.

01-02-2013, 12:09 PM
I forgot to add this new one from last July: Stephan Chow's Journey to the West (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=61200). Over New Year's, I treated myself to A Chinese Odyssey and will review it later on that thread.

I've had both films on VCD and DVD for years. I have to say that I like his rendition of Monkey better than the least few TV show versions that have come out. He captures and the ferocity, as well as the humor, spot on. It sucks that he is only playing a minor role in the remake.

02-13-2013, 10:09 AM
Read Visiting the Home of the Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=1084) by Gregory Brundage.

02-13-2013, 06:31 PM
Read Visiting the Home of the Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=1084) by Gregory Brundage.

That is a pretty cool article. As someone who has read the novel numerous times and studied its influences, I would love to visit that place (even if it's a tourist attraction).

02-14-2013, 09:30 AM
Does anyone have a link to some videos of someone using a Monkey style in their sparring. I am a huge fan of forms but I haven't seen too many sparring videos featuring a monkey style.

07-22-2013, 10:35 AM
Moved two posts off this thread to stand on their own: Monkey: Journey to the West from the creators of Gorillaz (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66332)

doug maverick
07-22-2013, 01:24 PM
**** how the hell did i miss this? think i need to snatch up a ticket.

10-22-2013, 08:44 AM
...I'm getting lost in Variety this morning... :o

3-D series to hit smallscreen in China (http://variety.com/2009/digital/news/3-d-series-to-hit-smallscreen-in-china-1118004318/)
MAY 29, 2009 | 01:59PM PT
Ancient tale 'Wu Cheng' gets high-tech treatment
Clifford Coonan

BEIJING A Chinese shingle is taking the country’s 3-D craze to the smallscreen with 45-episode costume drama “Wu Cheng-en and the Journey to the West,” touted as one of the first 3-D TV series in the world.

The 100 million yuan ($15 million) skein, produced by China Film and Television Prod. in association with Meiya Chuntian Intl. Film and TV Culture, Beijing Yong Tong Beijing Cultural Development and Zhong Shi Xie Film and Television Prod., has been five years in the making and still has 18 months of post-production to complete.

Some $7.5 million of the budget was devoted to the 3-D effects, and each 45-minute episode will contain around 10 minutes of 3-D.

The series is based on a story that dates back to the 1590s and ascribed to the scholar Wu Cheng-en, which follows a Chinese Buddhist monk’s quest to India to obtain a religious text. The monk has four animal protectors — the Monkey King, a pig, a river demon and a dragon prince — who agree to help him as an atonement for past sins.

The 1986 TV version of “Journey to the West” is one of the best-known and beloved TV shows in Chinese history.

The new skein imagines Wu’s attempts to write the story while following the legend itself.

The project reunites the stars of the original skein — Liu Xiao Ling Tong, Chi Chongrui and Ma Ma Dehua. Liu will reprise his role as the Monkey King and also play Wu. Yan Huaili, the fourth member of the original cast, died in April and will be replaced by Liu Dagang.

“This drama is about … Wu Cheng-en writing ‘The Journey to the West,’ ” China Film and Television producer Wu Qiuyun told the Beijing News. “But if the main storyline was only Wu Cheng-en, that may affect the audience ratings. So we put the same actors in ‘The Journey to the West’ together, and re-filmed some parts of it, and then made those into 3-D.”

She adds, “We are still negotiating with (state pubcaster) CCTV about broadcasting the show. But we’ll probably air it on a local TV station.”

The drama began shooting in Hengdian studios two years ago, but the producers did not reveal back then it would contain 3-D scenes, due to concerns that the technology would not work.

They have created special glasses for watching the skein and will distribute them through large-scale marketing events.

However, tt will be interesting to see if, at 45 episodes, the skein falls foul of a new ruling by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television aimed at limiting the number of episodes in a TV series to 30.

China’s first 3-D toon, “The Carnival of the Animals,” was released this year. It was produced by pubcaster China Central Television’s animation unit and includes the voices of CCTV Children’s Channel hosts Ju Ping, Dong Hao and Liu Chunyan.

01-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Beijing girl claims to be a descendant of the Monkey King (http://shanghaiist.com/2014/01/13/beijing-girl-monkey-king-descendant.php)

A Weibo user who adamantly claims to be a descendant of the Monkey King, a character from from Wu Chen-en's epic Journey to the West tales, has attracted intrigue and criticism from netizens across the country. The woman has even offered what she says is an 'ancestral stone' and 'monkey wool' as evidence to prove her theory, and on January 6 paid a visit to Fudan University's anthropology research labs in Shanghai to expose her identity through DNA testing.


The Weibo user, Mom's Concubine, comes from Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, a place highly recognized as being the Monkey King's hometown. Reports say that the woman had at first never believed that she could be an offspring of the Monkey King, who, according to legend, was born from stone. But the way her elders had always talked about it led to her curiosity. Now, she wants to prove her identity through scientific method.

Upon testing, Fudan University professors have so far said that the so-called "monkey wool" may not be true monkey wool, and stones she brought aren't able to confirm whether she is Monkey King's descendant or not. Still, she said she won't give up and is set on proving her ancestry.

In relevant timing, the latest trailer for the film adaptation of The Monkey King was released to the public this month and the film is due to come out later this year. Directed by Soi Cheang, the movie stars Donnie Yen as the Monkey King along with Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok and is based on the same material as Steven Chow's previous Journey to the West installments.

Chow's Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons was China's biggest movie in 2013, according to figures, raking in over one-billion yuan ($160 million) in just 16 days.

By Isabel Quan

Exactly how will DNA testing prove or disprove her claim?

01-13-2014, 10:38 AM
As someone who is studying anthropology in college and is a big fan of Xiyouji, I find this story both interesting and crazy at the same time. It's interesting that Monkey is such a famous character that people believe he is real (there is a cult dedicated to him after all). But I find it crazy that people are now claiming they are related to him. The only thing DNA will prove is that she is distantly related to monkeys. I predict that she will claim this is evidence.

03-11-2014, 08:28 AM
This may have to have it's own thread someday....we'll see how it develops.

Spectacular Monkey King stage production journeys to Macao (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/847693.shtml#.Ux8qrCiIAzI)
Global Times | 2014-3-11 19:18:01
By Global Times

The world class team behind Monkey King. Photo: Courtesy of Sands China

Sands China Ltd and Beijing Hua Yan Group held a launch ceremony at the Beijing Grand National Theater, announcing a spectacular stage production, Monkey King - a mythical theater show that will premier in Macao.

It is expected to have its first ever performance at the new theater of Sands Cotai Central at Cotai Strip Resorts Macao in 2015.

Monkey King was created based on the Chinese classic literary work Journey to the West, combining modern stage design and performance with multimedia technology to build a novel and magical work of performance art.

Planned, invested in and produced by Beijing Hua Yan Group, Monkey King will be performed regularly at the new theater of Sands Cotai Central at Cotai Strip Resorts Macao.

"Sands China is delighted to be working with Hua Yan to bring this exciting new stage production to Macao," said Edward Tracy, Sands China Ltd president and CEO, during the press conference.

"With this show, Sands China is glad to continue providing an avenue of cultural exchange that allows international audiences to better understand Chinese art and culture.

And of course, this show further enhances the integrated resort experience for families with children, while diversifying the entertainment landscape in Macao - and this is an important part of Macao being a world center of tourism and leisure."

Founded by highly regarded Chinese experts and scholars, cultural industry leader Beijing Hua Yan Group is a comprehensive enterprise holding the leadership position in China in the investment in and production of large-scale theatrical shows.

Hua Yan Group and its creative team, comprised of members such as Grammy Award-winning composer Tan Dun and renowned film director Li Qiankuan, have produced, operated and invested in various well-known and successful works, including Impression Liu Sanjie and Zen Shaolin Grand Ceremony, large-scale live shows directed by Zhang Yimou, and also large-scale musical epics like Jinggangshan - Hua Yan Red Classics Series I and Taihangshan - Hua Yan Red Classics Series II.

"We are very honoured to have our project chosen by Sands China Ltd," said Xu Feng, Beijing Hua Yan Group chairman.

"The production team are the leaders in their own professions in modern China. We have reason to believe that in the near future, Monkey King at Sands Cotai Central will not only become a cultural landmark of Macao, but also a brand new classic art piece from the Orient in the global commercial performance market."

04-24-2014, 08:50 AM
Here's a crazy new anime/cyberpunk take on Monkey, coming in 2015 (I'll split this off into it's own thread when we know more about it).


07-03-2014, 09:06 AM
'Journey to the West' characters storm through streets to pick up trash, make world better (http://shanghaiist.com/2014/07/03/journey-to-the-west-trash.php)


It's been a while since a Journey to the West character has been spotted around town doing ordinary things among citizens (and making children cry), but four men dressed as characters from the classic Chinese novel-turned-box office franchise were seen parading through the streets last Saturday advocating environmental protection. Whatever' gets the masses attention, we suppose.


These four guys were actually environmental volunteers. They sweat it out under costumes so as to promote a cleaner environment. During their parade, the masked vigilantes marched through the streets with a stage prop white horse while stabbing at pieces of trash and ridding of them in bins with their "weapons" (plastic tongs). They wanted to live up to the “everyone has the responsibility to protect the environment” idea.

We hope it catches on.

[Images Via The Sun]

By Jennifer Hui Nice mascots for an important campaign. I particularly like the white horse trash bin.

07-14-2014, 08:26 AM
Here's another, for AMC no less - Badlands (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67844-Badlands)

08-21-2014, 09:10 AM
Video feature: Martial arts takes a 'Journey Beyond the West' (http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S40/62/04C24/index.xml)
Posted July 31, 2014; 12:00 p.m.
by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications

This spring, Princeton University students worked with guest martial artist Scott Parker and Senior Lecturer in Dance Rebecca Lazier to perform a martial arts musical fantasy, the first of its kind at Princeton. In this video, rising sop****re Nathan Lam, seen here as Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, talks about how cast members prepared for their roles.

Video stills from Danielle Alio, Office of Communications

Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts offered an Atelier and dance course this past spring in which students learned the martial art of wushu to perform an act from composer Fred Ho's "Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey," a martial arts musical fantasy.

The Princeton Atelier program brings professional artists to campus to work with students, and the course was taught by Scott Parker, a martial artist and performer, and Rebecca Lazier, a senior lecturer in dance. Incorporationg a variety of global musical and cultural influences, "Journey Beyond the West" is a reimagining of the Chinese epic "Journey to the West."

Wushu is a contemporary form of Chinese martial arts with roots in defense, offense and health.

"In wushu, we bring out more of the performance quality to the forefront and this is perfect for stage, performance and competition," Parker said.

The students in the course had a wide range of martial arts abilities, from beginner to expert.

"I saw this on the course list, and I thought this is a dream class for me," said Edward Leung, a rising junior majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. "I always wanted to do wushu, but I never had the opportunity to explore it before college. I love the cross-genre aspect of this class, because it fuses music as well as sociology, anthropology and wushu into this 35-minute act."

According to Lazier, "Journey Beyond the West" is unique.

"This is the first time anything like this has been done at Princeton both in terms of inclusion of martial arts in a choreographic setting within the Lewis Center for the Arts, and then taking something that is such a dynamic intersection of many different cultures and bringing it to life," Lazier said.

Students, faculty and a guest martial artist discuss how they staged the martial arts musical fantasy "Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey." (Video by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications)


More on Fred Ho here (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67506-RIP-Fred-Ho).

12-04-2014, 10:13 AM
'Pigsy' sells roasted pig's trotters in Jilin (http://shanghaiist.com/2014/12/04/pigsy-sells-roasted-pigs-trotters.php)


A man dressed as "Pigsy" (Zhu Bajie), one of the main characters in the Journey to the West series, was photographed selling roasted pig's trotters in a store called "Pigsy Roasted Trotters" near a bus station in Jilin on Tuesday.


30-year-old Huang Junxiang, the owner of the store, found that pig's trotters were a popular food item in Shanghai, and introduced the food to his hometown in Jilin city, according to Tencent.


He created five flavors, only two of which can be found in stores in other cities. As a final touch, he had his workers dress like Pigsy in a bid to draw in customers.


Huang told reporters that his store has sold 7,000 RMB worth of roasted trotters every day since its opening. On one occasion, he was able to make 3,000 RMB in just one hour.

Would you buy pig's trotters from a pig? (Pig-man, to be fair.)

By Lucy Liu
I know this sounds wrong, but I'd much rather get a bite of Sanzhang. Those familiar with the tale understand. ;)

12-04-2014, 11:43 AM
I know this sounds wrong, but I'd much rather get a bite of Sanzhang. Those familiar with the tale understand. ;)

Immortality is much better than greasy pig feet.

12-11-2014, 09:18 AM
There must be an interesting story here about Zhang coming from a lineage of Monkey performers...well, his father at least. I'd love to see this when it comes out. Might even deserve it's own thread someday. Very interesting about the Guinness record application. I hope they get recognized there.

Famed Monkey King performer to recreate Chinese Odyssey in 3D (http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141211000023&cid=1802)
Xinhua 2014-12-11 09:21 (GMT+8)

Chinese actor Liuxiaolingtong performs the Monkey King in a fan meeting in Yangon, Myanmar, May 22. (Photo/Xinhua)

Fans of the Monkey King will soon get to see the hero in another 3D film starring one of the most renowned Monkey King performers in a new project.

Xiyouji, or Journey to the West, one of the classic novels of Chinese literature, will be adapted into an entertaining movie at the end of the year. It will star Zhang Jinlai, better known as Liuxiaolingtong, Zhang confirmed to Yangtse Evening News in a Monday interview. Zhang has become a household name in China for playing the role of Monkey King in the TV series Journey to the West in 1986.

He said that making a 3D version of the novel was the unfulfilled wish of his late father Zhang Zongyi, one of China's most famed Monkey King performers, who died earlier this year at the age of 90.

Monkey King is one of the main characters in Xiyouji, which tells the story of a Chinese Buddhist monk's quest to the west to obtain sacred Buddhist texts. The Monkey King is one of the monk's protectors.

Journey to the West starring Zhang Jinlai has been rebroadcasted for more than 3,000 times so far, making it the most played TV series in the world, according to Zhang. Zhang has just applied for a Guinness World Record for its rebroadcast rate.

Film makers have attempted to recreate the story by employing the latest technology, with Hong Kong stars Chow Yun Fat, Donnie Yen and Aaron Kwok starring in a 3D blockbuster, which was screened earlier this year.

Zhang Jinlai  章金萊
Liuxiaolingtong  六小齡童

04-20-2015, 09:35 AM
This just popped up today: The-Monkey-King-produced-by-Paramount-Pictures (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68596-The-Monkey-King-produced-by-Paramount-Pictures)

And I've been negligent posting this: Monkey-King-2 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67299-Monkey-King-2)

05-18-2015, 03:39 PM
...but it might be big as it's a massive filmaking collaboration - Da Tang Xuan Zang (Monk Xuan Zang) (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68664-Da-Tang-Xuan-Zang-%28Monk-Xuan-Zang%29)

08-05-2015, 02:09 PM
Monkey-King-Hero-Is-Back (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68844-Monkey-King-Hero-Is-Back)

Into-The-Badlands (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67844-Into-The-Badlands)

Just getting ready for next year (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/info/horoscope/horo_monkey.php). ;)

11-10-2015, 01:39 PM
Untitled-Monkey-King-U-S-China-collaboration-project (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69078-Untitled-Monkey-King-U-S-China-collaboration-project)

So many monkey projects. Fascinating.

09-12-2016, 08:53 AM
Can't believe it's taken this long to ttt this thread for the YEAR OF THE MONKEY. :o

Here's a new one: Monkey-King-s-Daughter (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69712-Monkey-King-s-Daughter)

And for good measure, check this out:


10-20-2016, 02:38 PM
Many of the members here may not be aware that Monkey appears in a literary precursor of Journey to the West printed in the 13th-century. The linked article summarizes the 17 chapter novelette and compares and contrasts it with the version that we all know and love.


10-25-2016, 09:08 AM
Jia Zhangke's history-centric Journey to the West (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69813-Jia-Zhangke-s-history-centric-Journey-to-the-West) is new.

Stephan Chow's Journey to the West: Part 2 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65681-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Part-2) has been going since 2013, but it just got serious. :cool:

11-09-2016, 11:12 AM
And deaf too.

Wish there was a viral vid of this.

Seven 'Monkey Kings' taken to police station after fighting bloody turf war in Chengdu streets (http://shanghaiist.com/2016/11/09/monkey_king_brawl.php)


Police in Chengdu briefly detained seven mythological figures on Sunday, in order to figure out why exactly they were battling it out on the city's streets.
At around 3 p.m. that afternoon, police received a curious report that multiple Monkey Kings were fighting in public nearby. When they arrived, police were astonished to in fact find seven men that were all dressed up as Sun Wukong, the famous character from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
At first, officers had quite a tough time figuring out who was attacking who. Not only were they dressed similarly, but the men were all also deaf. To clarify the situation, police decided to just take all the Monkey Kings back to the station for questioning, Sichuan News Network reports.
There, a sign language instructor was called in. After a few exchanges, police discovered that the seven performers were part of two separate groups that each worked the same popular streets in Chengdu, performing tricks and posing for photos with curious passersby and tourists.
However, on this day, the two groups had squabbled over one premium piece of sidewalk. Things then turned violent when one Monkey King knocked another in the head with his golden staff, drawing blood.


In the end, the two sides agreed to a settlement in which the injured man received 1,500 yuan in compensation. Police then allowed them to go back to their monkey business.
[Images via Tencent]

12-08-2016, 09:45 AM
Monkey King 3 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69932-Monkey-King-3) - this is the 3rd installment following Monkey King 2 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67299-Monkey-King-2) and Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?58025-Monkey-King-IMAX-3D-featuring-Donnie-Yen).

This is not to be confused with the aforementioned Stephen Chow's Journey to the West: Conquering Demons (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?61200-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Conquering-Demons) and his upcoming sequel Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65681-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Part-2-Demon-Chapter) or Paramount's Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68596-The-Monkey-King-produced-by-Paramount-Pictures).

01-06-2017, 09:20 AM
Let me see if I've got this straight:

Monkey King 3 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69932-Monkey-King-3)

Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?65681-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Part-2-Demon-Chapter)

and now...
Wu Kong (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70003-Wu-Kong-%26%2324735%3B%26%2331354%3B%26%2320256%3B)

It's like Ip Man at the beginning of this decade (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?57165-Ip-Man-3). :roll eyes:

I will be happy when this Year of the Monkey (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?69208-Year-of-the-MONKEY-Chinese-New-Year-2016) is done.

02-03-2017, 01:42 PM
Dr. Harold Winston & Winston (http://content.madefire.com/s-b4f5dc87b45d4393ab5cdeedaf37da6a/index.html#)

02-08-2017, 01:50 PM
Traffic police stop 'Monkey King' driving bus full of mythological characters (http://shanghaiist.com/2017/02/08/police_stop_monkey_king.php)


The legendary "Monkey King" was stopped at a routine police checkpoint in Jiyuan city, Henan province yesterday behind the wheel of a bus.
Officers only became more befuddled with the situation when they stepped onto the bus to find it full of mythological figures from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.


Police then ordered all of the various deities off the bus and asked the Monkey King to please hand over his license and registration.


Despite his reputation as an infamous trickster, Sun Wukong patiently answered officers' questions. It turns out that rather than immortals, the passengers were all in fact members of an acting troupe headed for the countryside to perform Journey to the West at a local temple fair.


After careful questioning, police let the "Monkey King" and his friends continue on their journey. Unfortunately, reports don't mention which way they were heading.
[Images via China News / Sina]

Isn't it illegal to drive wearing a mask in the U.S.? Maybe that's just a municipal law. Not that I've ever been busted for that...:o

03-15-2017, 10:02 AM
A new one: A Hero's Journey to the West (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70159-A-Hero-s-Journey-to-the-West)

Plus I've been meaning to add Buddies in India (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70041-Buddies-in-India) here because the lead character is named Wu Kong.

04-20-2017, 11:09 AM

A Monkey with a magic staff and a pig comrade? Produced by ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover, Shanghai Hoongman Technology, & Gulfstream Pictures.

This opened last week.

04-21-2017, 10:26 AM
The Legend Of Monkey - Monkey Magic redux (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70236-The-Legend-Of-Monkey-Monkey-Magic-redux)

12-07-2017, 10:02 AM
I'm hijacking the Chinese Martial Satellite (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67377-Chinese-Martial-Satellite) thread for this because I don't really understand where diego was going with this 3 years ago and it's a good title. Plus it's gotta go on the Monkey King thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King) too, of course.

CHINA DETECTS WEIRD SPACE SIGNALS WITH ITS DARK MATTER ‘MONKEY KING’ SATELLITE (http://www.newsweek.com/china-monkey-king-satellite-space-signals-dark-matter-726850)

China has detected some weird space signals while hunting for dark matter with its "Monkey King" satellite.

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have spent the past two years recording cosmic rays with the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) satellite. After measuring over 3.5 billion high-energy particles, the team has now found a blip in the data—a break in the electron and positron spectrum that could point to the annihilation or decay of dark matter.

Normal matter—everything we can see—accounts for up to 5 percent of the universe. Around 68 percent is dark energy, which is the mystery force thought to be driving the universe’s expansion. The rest, around 27 percent, is dark matter—the mystery substance that we cannot see, but that we know exists because of the gravitational influence it has over galaxies.

Scientists have been trying to detect dark matter for decades through various methods, all of which have so far proved unsuccessful.

Artist impression of China’s dark matter detector satellite.

China launched DAMPE—a satellite that sits 310 miles in space and collects data on cosmic rays, which are high-energy radiation particles that mostly come from outside our solar system—in December 2015.

One of the main theories about dark matter is that it may decay into detectable particles, like electrons, positrons and photons, when it is annihilated, something that could potentially be recorded in space with a sensitive detector like DAMPE.

The latest findings, published in Nature, show how there is a spectral break at 0.9 TeV (teraelectron volts) and a potential spike at 1.4 TeV. This discovery narrows down the potential parameters of models relating to events in space like pulsars, supernovas and, as a consequence, the candidates for dark matter.

"Together with data from the cosmic microwave background experiments, high energy gamma-ray measurements, and other astronomical telescopes, the DAMPE data may help to ultimately clarify the connection between the positron anomaly and the annihilation or decay of particle dark matter," Fan Yizhong, deputy chief designer of DAMPE's scientific application system, said in a statement.

"DAMPE has opened a new window for observing the high-energy universe, unveiling new physical phenomena beyond our current understanding," Chang Jin, chief scientist of DAMPE, told Xinhua. "Our data may inspire some new ideas in particle physics and astrophysics. We never expected such signals.”

The aftermath of a typical, short-lived supernova as it fades.

Fan added that the spike was highly unusual. “The signals might have originated from either dark matter or pulsars,” he said.

Chang continued: “The spike might indicate that there exists a kind of unknown particle with a mass of about 1.4 TeV. All the 61 elementary particles predicted by the standard model of particle physics have been found. Dark matter particles are beyond the list. So if we find a new elementary particle, it will be a breakthrough in physics. Even if they were from pulsars, it would be quite a strange astrophysical phenomenon that nobody had known before.”

The team will now continue to record cosmic rays to try to confirm their findings. “So far, we are 99.99 percent sure this spike is real, but we need to collect more data. If the statistical probability exceeds 99.99994 percent, it will be a groundbreaking discovery in particle physics and astrophysics,” Chang said.

There's a fair amount of Chinese satellite and space news. Maybe I'll just post it all here when I find stuff that might amuse.

12-14-2017, 08:33 AM
Commercializing Religion in China (https://www.theepochtimes.com/commercializing-religion-in-china_2385613.html)
Communist Party policies encourage the development of temples, monasteries into profitable tourist attractions
By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
December 12, 2017 4:39 pm Last Updated: December 12, 2017 4:39 pm

Chinese monks attend a ceremony at a Shaolin Temple to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Dengfeng County, Henan Province, on January 28, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The kung-fu-fighting monks of Shaolin Temple are world-famous ascetics, depicted in countless movies and television shows.

But under the Chinese Communist Party’s rule, the historic temple has become a shell of its former self. It is no longer a place for spiritual meditation but a business empire, with multiple companies established: a film and television company, painting academy, publishing house, and performing troupe among them.

Shaolin rents out its grounds as a venue for holding events, including a “bikini fashion” beauty pageant in the summer of 2009. That year, the temple also attempted to get listed on the stock exchange. If there was ever something to epitomize the idea of “selling out,” this would be it.

This blatant commercialization of religion has been endorsed by the Chinese regime for decades. In the era of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong denounced “old ideas, culture, customs, and habits,” commanding the destruction of countless historic sites, temples, monasteries, and places of cultural significance across the country. But with the opening up of the Chinese economy, local authorities have cashed in on the lucrative potential of people’s growing interest in Buddhist temples and Daoist monasteries. To boost local economies, destroyed structures were reconstructed and developed into tourist sites.

But they’re no longer places of worship. Like with many phenomena in an increasingly materialistic Chinese society, the sole motivation has become making money, from building scenic parks to attract tourists, to selling god statues for people seeking to secure blessings.

Recently, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has even recognized this flagrant commercialization is bad optics, and have called on religious organizations to tamp it down. On Nov. 23, 12 departments within the Party’s central authorities—including the Propaganda Department, United Front, Cyberspace Administration, and National Tourism Administration—published rules forbidding Buddhist and Daoist organizations to be operated as corporations. It prohibited business capital, personal investments, or contracts, as well as the sale of expensive tickets for admission into temple grounds, or services such as selling the first stick of incense to be placed in the censer, believed to bring good luck.

Monks Colluding with the Party

Decades of the warping of religion has already left its mark. The Party allowed the existence of Buddhist and Daoist organizations in order to keep up the facade of religious freedom, when in reality, it has appointed abbots as puppets of the Party.

Shi Yongxin, abbot of Shaolin Temple, is the most well-known example. He held several administrative posts, including deputy president of the Buddhist Association of China, the CCP-led body that supervises Buddhism activities, and president of the Henan Province division of the association. Shaolin is located in Dengfeng County, Henan Province. Former CCP leader Jiang Zemin also appointed him as a representative to the Party’s rubber-stamp legislature, the National People’s Congress.

Shi Yongxin (center) attends the Chinese Kungfu Star TV Contest held at Shaolin Temple on September 9, 2006. (China Photos/Getty Images)

According to an expose published in the Chinese business publication Caixin in August 2015, Shi had a close relationship with Jiang, the Henan party boss Li Changchun, and the Buddhist Association president Zhao Puchu. It was under Zhao’s instructions that Shi turned Shaolin Temple into a business empire, the report said.

Since the CCP took over Tibet, the Tibetan Buddhist lamas all need to be recognized and approved by the central authorities. To get approval, some Tibetan monasteries have resorted to bribing and currying favor with CCP officials. Chief among them is Zhu Weiqun, who was the deputy head of the United Front Work Department and tasked with handling Tibet affairs.

Tourism Above All

Meanwhile, notable temples have been forcibly seized by local officials to be aggressively developed and promoted as sightseeing destinations. The four sacred mountains of Buddhism, Mt. Wutai, Emei, Jiuhua, and Putuo, have all been developed into tourist-friendly attractions by local authorities or state-owned firms.

Xingjiao Temple in Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province is known for housing the remains of the Tang Dynasty monk Xuanzang, whose journey to India to seek Buddhist scriptures inspired the famous novel “Journey to the West.” When local authorities sought for the temple to be recognized as a UNESCO heritage site, they proposed for large parts of the complex to be demolished and replaced with a newer building, according to a report by the South China Morning Post.

An aerial view of the Xingjiao Temple in Shaanxi Province on April 13, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In some instances, tourism plans have backfired. At the 1,700-year-old Famen Temple, also in Shaanxi, local authorities built a scenic park nearby. However, the huge debt they incurred forced them to hire fake monks to roam the grounds and collect donations from visitors.

At the Panlong Temple in Yunnan, monks were so fed up with the flocks of tourists that they shut the doors, posting this message for visitors: “Due to the fact that the Jinning County and Jincheng Township governments wish to commercialize and corporatize the Panlong Temple, disrupting the temple’s order, the temple has decided today to temporarily shut the gates for a quiet meditation environment.”

Some temples have become completely occupied by local authorities, from the Administration of Cultural Heritage seizing precious artifacts, to the forestry and tourism department taking charge of the surrounding lands.

Current affairs commentator Li Linyi noted that many local officials are motivated by wanting to score political points and gain promotions by contributing to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) target. Tourism is an easy way for them to do so.

Prayers for Blessings

Why have places of worship become so popular? Li noted that many Chinese have turned to a higher being in hopes of gaining fortune and blessings. At the Nainai Temple in Hebei Province, patrons can sign contracts with the temple to construct a statue and altar depicting whatever god they’d like, whether it’s a “car god,” “study god,” or “government official god.”

Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily noted in a Nov. 24 article that former CCP leader Jiang Zemin and his underlings often visited Mt. Jiuhua and Shaolin Temple to alleviate their guilt about their corruption.

Zhang Ting, Xue Fei, and Luo Ya contributed to this report.

Before anyone gets too worked up on this Shaolin commercialism (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?51326-Shaolin-commercialism) post, keep in mind that the source is Epoch Times.

I'm also copying this to the Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King) thread for the Xingjiao Temple reference.

06-18-2018, 07:56 AM
Chow has done Monkey so many times. There's Journey to the West: Conquering Demons (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?61200-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Conquering-Demons), and prior to that, he did A Chinese Odyssey Part One - Pandora's Box (1995 西遊記101回月光寶盒) & A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella (1995 西遊記完結篇仙履奇緣), both of which I reviewed on that same thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?61200-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Conquering-Demons&p=1204579#post1204579).

Stephen Chow Developing Epic ‘Monkey King’ With Pearl Studio (https://variety.com/2018/film/festivals/stephen-chow-epic-monkey-king-pearl-studio-1202846415/)
Shanghai-based Pearl Studio also confirms Albert Tsai, Tensing Norgay Trainor and Tsai Chin join Chloe Bennet in ‘Abominable’
By Jamie Lang @idonthaveaband


ANNECY, France — Legendary Chinese director Stephen Chow, the man behind 2004’s dark-horse hit “Kung Fu Hustle,” is in development on ‘The Monkey King’ with Pearl Studio, the Shanghai-based animation company announced Thursday at the Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival.

The studio also unveiled that young actor Albert Tsai (“Trophy Wife,” “Dr. Ken”), Tensing Norgay Trainor, the grandson of Tensing Norgay, the first man to reach the summit of Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary, and Tsai Chin will be joining “Agents of Shield’s” Chloe Bennet in its upcoming feature “Abominable.”

The announcements came as Pearl detailed its upcoming slate of animated feature productions, backstory and ambitions, straight from the mouths of animation legends Jill Culton and Glen Keane.

“The Monkey King” is penned by animated-animal feature experts Ron Friedman and Steve Bencich, whose past credits include “Brother Bear” and “Chicken Little.” The film is an effort to bring to the world, a character described by Pearl as “one of China’s most mythical, mystical and mischievous superheroes.”

Chow’s “involvement in this very special project, which is beloved throughout Asia, is a true coup,” said Peilin Chou, chief creative officer for Pearl Studio. She added: “We know that he will bring all the comedy and scope that makes this adventure legend so special and translate ‘The Monkey King’ into an enchanting and exciting global animated event.”

The presentation kicked off with Pearl’s chief creative officer Peilin Chou introducing the audience to the Chinese studio and outlining their ambitious goal.

Pearl started out as DreamWorks Oriental, and co-produced “Kung Fu Panda 3,” a film that on its release became the highest-grossing animated film of all time in China.

A good deal of the presentation was dedicated to framing China’s place in the global animation marketplace today. While Pearl is, at its core, a Chinese company, there is no mandate to create specifically Chinese content,

“None of our films are for China only. Our films are English-first. We look for themes which are universal and can travel around the world,” said Chou.

Another key point of order in Peilin’s talk was the importance of diversity at Pearl Studio. In its Shanghai headquarters alone there are staff from over 25 countries. And, its current development slate features female protagonists in more than half of its films.

Once the overview had finished, Chou passed the mic to Jill Culton, director of Chinese animated road movie “Abominable,” a co-production with DreamWorks Animation, who presented first-look animatics and excerpts, all set to pop music. Culton has a sterling C.V. in animation, having worked on such films as “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Monsters Inc.”

The plot has the 16-year-old female protagonist rescuing a kidnapped Yeti and tracking across China to get him back to his home on Everest.

“We have seen hundreds of road-trips across America,” Culton pointed out, “but no one has taken us on a tour of all the beautiful places in China.”

“This film is a very personal, character-driven tale, set in an epic landscape that lends itself beautifully to animation.” said DreamWorks Feature Animation Group president Chris deFaria in a statement. “Ultimately, this is a film about finding your way home, and the unbreakable bond that forms between these characters during a life changing adventure. These additional voice actors bring considerable emotion and comedy to this story.”

“Abominable” is scheduled for worldwide release through Universal Pictures Sept 27 2019.

Glen Keane, an Academy Award winner for “Dear Basketball,” received the presentation’s largest ovation before talked through his upcoming film, “Over the Moon,” inspired by one of China’s most beloved myths. Keane spent decades at Disney, and was a key contributor to one of that company’s golden ages having worked on such seminal films as “The Fox and the Hound,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas” and many, many more.

After explaining his animation process, sharing a slideshow of his trip to China with Pearl, and a few early pieces of art that will influence the film, he treated the at-capacity room to a real-time sketching of the film’s protagonist, projected onto the theater’s screen.

“Over the Moon” will be distributed theatrically in Greater China, and by Netflix worldwide.

07-11-2018, 02:00 PM
From Monkey King to Cantonese opera puppets, Hong Kong performer has a hand in centuries-old craft (https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2150180/monkey-king-cantonese-opera-puppets-hong-kong-performer-has)
Li Yi-hsin is a descendant of a family that’s been performing the art for five generations, and does not intend to slow down amid changing times
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2018, 10:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2018, 10:00am
Eddie Lee


A pair of costumed glove puppets come alive the moment they are in the hands of Li Yi-hsin.

“On my left is Pagoda-bearing Heavenly King Li Jing. The other is the Mighty Miracle God,” the puppeteer said.

Both are characters in Monkey Creates Havoc in Heaven, an adaptation of the earlier chapters of the famous Chinese mythological novel Journey to the West.

Li, who has performed thousands of traditional Chinese puppet shows during the past 50 years, said his repertoire included many works based on Chinese classical novels.

Li Yi-hsin has performed thousands of traditional Chinese puppet shows. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Hong Kong-based master comes from a family that has been performing glove puppet plays in China for nearly 300 years.

“The grandfather of my grandfather developed the southern style of glove puppetry. I am a member of the fifth generation,” said Li, who learned the craft from his grandfather, father and uncles.

Hand puppeteers have to master depicting emotions through movements as the expressions on the dolls are static. Photo: Dickson Lee

“My grandfather was an all-rounder, while my father and uncles were good at manipulating the puppet’s gestures and acrobatic movements respectively,” he said.

Apart from performing regularly in Hong Kong and overseas, the 70-year-old puppeteer also put a lot of work into grooming the next crop of puppet masters.

“Over the years I have taught more than 100 students. I want them to fully understand and master the art, rather than just scratch the surface,” Li said.

“It is more than about making a living. We must pass down the traditional art.”

It is more than about making a living. We must pass down the traditional artLI YI-HSIN, PUPPETEER
Li has been nominated by Hong Kong Theatre Works – which he is in partnership with – for the South China Morning Post’s Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, which honour inspirational individuals and groups that make the city a better place to live in.

He is named under the Cultural Preservation category, which recognises people who have made a sustainable impact on cultural conservation.

According to Li, his teachings centre on hand movement to convey emotions, as the puppets do not have changing facial expressions. His students have to acquire the art’s basic manipulation skills.

“The dan, or the female role, has to maintain ladylike behaviour,” he said. “The sheng, or the male role, must stride like a gentleman.”

The elaborate costumes of hand puppets. Photo: Dickson Lee

It would take years of training to be able to present every nuance of the expression style, according to Li.

However, he said he believed glove puppetry could adapt and move with the times.

“We may incorporate lines of Cantonese opera into our plays to suit the tastes of [Hong Kong] audiences,” Li said.

“What’s most important is that we respect the traditions, and retain the essence and the basic skills of Chinese glove puppetry.”

martial puppet shows (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?49404-martial-puppet-shows)
Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King)

10-25-2018, 08:22 AM
The Little Prince of Qitian 《齐天小太子》 (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?71034-The-Little-Prince-of-Qitian-%26%2312298%3B%26%2340784%3B%26%2322825%3B%26%2323 567%3B%26%2322826%3B%26%2323376%3B%26%2312299%3B) - another take on the Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King).

《齐天小太子》立项 《别惹蚂蚁》导演执导 (http://news.mtime.com/2018/10/24/1585447.html)
2018-10-24 23:14:10 来源:Mtime时光网 23

前博纳影业与日本东映动画在东京电影节正式宣布了《齐天小太子》的合拍计划,而影片的主创团队则来自好莱坞 。


时光网讯 据广电立项信息,一部由中、美、日三国共同创作的《西游记》改编动画电影《齐天小太子》已正式立项。该片由 博纳影业与日本东映动画合作拍摄,《别惹蚂蚁》导演约翰 A·戴维斯执导。

此前博纳影业与日本东映动画在东京电影节正式宣布了《齐天小太子》的合拍计划,而影片的主创团队则来自好莱 坞。导演由《别惹蚂蚁》导演约翰 A·戴维斯担纲,参与《怪物史莱克2》编剧的J. David Stem和David N Weiss执笔剧本。

此外,“刺猬索尼克”的设计者之一大岛直人将主导角色设计,前皮克斯和迪士尼的Chuck Williams参与制片,动画制作将有一家颇具经验的中国动画工作室完成。

影片的故事灵感源自《西游记》,据立项信息中的剧情梗概,故事将讲述齐天大圣之子淘气不上进,正值外星人侵 犯地球,大圣派其去保护地球。期间遇到了艾丽姐弟,在带领他们去寻找父母的途中一直受到外星人的攻击。后老 沙和猪仔加入进来,他们一起并肩作战,战胜外敌小太子成长的故事。



China, the United States, Japan and the United States, "Journey to the West" adapted animation film
"Qi Tian Xiao Tai Zi" project "Do not provoke ants" director directed
2018-10-24 23:14:10 Source: Mtime Time Network 23

Former Bona Film and Japan’s Toei Animation officially announced the co-production of “The Little Prince of Qitian” at the Tokyo Film Festival, and the film’s creative team came from Hollywood.

The picture above is the 3D conceptual model of Qi Tian Xiao Tai Zi.

******According to the information of the radio and television project, an animated film "Qi Tian Xiao Tai Zi", a "Journey to the West" co-authored by China, the United States and Japan, has been officially established. The film was filmed by Bona Film and Japan’s Toei Animation, directed by John A. Davis, director of Don’t Make Ants.

******Previously, Bona Film and Japan’s Toei Animation officially announced the co-production of “The Little Prince of Qitian” at the Tokyo Film Festival, and the film’s creative team came from Hollywood. The director was directed by John A. Davis, director of "Don't provoke ants", and participated in the scripts by J. David Stem and David N Weiss, screenwriters of "Shrek 2".

******In addition, one of the designers of the "Sonic the Hedgehog", Oshima Naoto, will lead the character design. The former Pixar and Disney's Chuck Williams will participate in the production, and the animation will be completed by an experienced Chinese animation studio.

******The story of the film is inspired by "Journey to the West". According to the synopsis of the project information, the story will tell that the son of Qitian Dasheng is not up to the air, when the aliens invade the earth, and the Great Holy Spirit sends it to protect the earth. During the encounter with Alice's brother and sister, they have been attacked by aliens on their way to lead them to find their parents. After the old sand and pigs joined in, they fought side by side to defeat the story of the growth of the foreign prince.

******It is reported that the film has been developed for three years and it takes about two years to complete.

12-18-2018, 08:09 AM
Marvel At China's Own Iron Man Type Movie (https://kotaku.com/marvel-at-chinas-own-iron-man-type-movie-1831142692)
Brian Ashcraft
Yesterday 7:05am Filed to: IRON MAN

GIF: 機甲戰神孫悟空
Sure, Iron Man 3 was filmed partly in China, but that’s still a Marvel movie and an American superhero. Tomorrow, the country is releasing its own movie inspired one of its greatest heroes, revamped with an Iron Man-style suit.

This is Armored Warfare God: Sun Wukong. Also known as the Monkey King, Sun Wukong is one of the classic characters of Chinese legend and lore.


Follow @AceTaiwan (https://twitter.com/AceTaiwan/status/1074524826570641408/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwte rm%5E1074524826570641408&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fkotaku.com%2Fajax%2Finset%2F iframe%3Fid%3Dtwitter-1074524826570641408%26autosize%3D1)

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8:40 PM - 16 Dec 2018

Not only is Sun Wukong the main character in one of China’s greatest works Journey to the West, but he also inspired and spawned Goku in Dragon Ball.

Now, the Sun Wukong character has been reworked for modern Chinese cinema audiences, complete with an Iron Man type suit, monkey motif mask and questionable CGI. It certainly does not appear connected with Marvel!


As ET Today reports, the reaction online in China has been harsh, with Marvel fans calling out the filmmakers.

Screenshot: 東森新聞 CH51

Screenshot: 東森新聞 CH51

Chinese language media has been quick to point out obvious similarities with the Iron Man movies.

Armored Warfare God: Sun Wukong comes out tomorrow in China.

I wanna see this. :p

Armored Warfare God: Sun Wukong (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?71122-Armored-Warfare-God-Sun-Wukong)
Chinese Counterfeits, Fakes & Knock-Offs (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?57980-Chinese-Counterfeits-Fakes-amp-Knock-Offs)
Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King)

01-07-2019, 03:38 PM

This Iron Man knockoff got laughed off the internet (https://www.goldthread2.com/culture/iron-man-knockoff-got-laughed-internet/article/3000379)
Zheping Huang
JAN 02, 2019
A new CGI movie adaptation of beloved Chinese classic Journey to the West has met an untimely demise. Meant to be a futuristic spin on the mythological classic, the movie instead got laughed off the internet because its armor-clad hero looks a little too much like Iron Man, from Marvel Comics franchise.

The film, titled Armored War God Monkey King, was expected to stream exclusively on Tencent Video over the festive period, but got yanked before debut, as Marvel fans in the world’s largest internet market pelted it online.

Photo: QQ

The promotional trailer of the film drew much flak online after it showed the Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, getting a makeover that included wearing a bright red-and-gold armored suit and headgear, with an artificial intelligence-powered assistant and display—similar to that used by Iron Man, the superhero alter ego of business magnate Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Armored War God also features a hi-tech version of antagonist Yang Jian, the three-eyed god in the novel. Yang wears a silver-coloured, full-body armor that people thought was way too similar to War Machine, Iron Man's buddy.

Yang Jian (L) and Sun Wukong, in the trailer. / Photo: QQ

How dare you?

The trailer ignited outrage in China’s internet community. “Stan Lee passed away not that long ago. How dare you?” one wrote on microblogging site Weibo, referring to the late iconic Marvel comic books writer, editor, and publisher.

The film’s producers, Daishu Movie of Beijing, and Guangzhou-based Grandmet Presentation, said they took inspiration from Iron Man, the Transformers film franchise and Japan’s Gundam series of giant robots.

The movie poster, before debut. / Photo: QQ

“We can make armored heroes that belong to China,” the producers said in one of the film’s promotional videos. “No matter how difficult the process is, we’ll carry with us our childhood dreams, presenting to the world a Chinese-made smart armor.”

But that attempt to tap into nationalist sentiment did not prevent their film from being yanked off the schedule of Tencent Video, which also removed the unpopular trailer.

The official Weibo account promoting the film was also deleted.

Neither Tencent nor the producers responded to our request for comment.

Sun Wukong's AI-inspired dashboard, similar to what Iron Man uses in Marvel movies. / Photo: QQ

Sorting out intellectual property rights as online video soars

The widespread criticism of Armored War God has come as intellectual property rights remain a key issue in China’s trade war with the US.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at China’s lax IPR protection laws, forced technology transfer and alleged IP theft, saying they cost the United States as much as US$600 billion each year.

Development work on Armored War God started in 2016 and film production took a month, with more than 200 people involved in post-production work, according to a press release cited by Chinese media.

To be sure, China’s online film market has been booming, helped by the wide adoption of online streaming services like Tencent Video, Baidu-backed iQiyi and Youku Tudou, a subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding. These platforms are tapping into Chinese consumers’ growing appetite for original content. Alibaba is the parent company of the South China Morning Post.

Still, it is not uncommon for Chinese studios to take inspiration from Hollywood and their domestic peers. For example, a 2016 Chinese online film called Mad Sheila ripped-off the plot and some characters from Oscar-winning post-apocalyptic action film Mad Max: Fury Road.

After Chinese comedy film I Am Not Madame Bovary became a hit two years ago, copycat films followed, sporting titles like I Am Madame Bovary and Who Killed Madame Bovary?.

This story was adapted from an original article (https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/2178961/armour-clad-monkey-king-chinas-iron-man-knock-pulled-tencent-video?_ga=2.249774789.29455113.1546904083-2137603095.1543856849) published in the South China Morning Post.

Zheping Huang
Zheping is a technology reporter covering cryptocurrency, blockchain and gaming for the South China Morning Post. He is a contributor to Inkstone. Previously he wrote about China for Quartz.

Armored Warfare God: Sun Wukong (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?71122-Armored-Warfare-God-Sun-Wukong)
Chinese Counterfeits, Fakes & Knock-Offs (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?57980-Chinese-Counterfeits-Fakes-amp-Knock-Offs)
Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King)

01-09-2019, 11:03 AM

Anyone watch this? I just read where it's a Korean take on Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King) and that it's available on Netflix. It's got to be better than The New Legends of Monkey (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?70236-The-New-Legends-of-Monkey).

01-18-2019, 09:37 AM
New for 2019! Year of the Pig T-shirts & Hoodies! (https://www.martialartsmart.com/new-apparel.html)


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01-20-2019, 10:56 AM
This book money king is awesome! Thanks for recommendations. But, I would not agree with the author in one statement - that you shouldn't take loans. Loans sometimes may be the only solution for you. Especially if we're talking about Payday & Installment Loans (https://www.martialartsmart.com/weekly-special-items.html), these are the most powerful instruments on the market right now.

02-05-2019, 08:35 AM
HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR! READ Chinese New Year 2019: Year of the Dirty Pig (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=1469) by Gene Ching


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06-26-2019, 09:08 AM
I'm copying your A comparison of Sun Wukong and Wu Song (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?71365-A-comparison-of-Sun-Wukong-and-Wu-Song) post to our two relevant threads: Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King) & The Water Margin / Outlaws of the Marsh (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?53625-The-Water-Margin-Outlaws-of-the-Marsh).

07-10-2019, 10:03 AM
I know he's just got two posts as of this one, but I'm giving Song Yadong is own thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?71380-Song-Yadong)beyond just Shaolin in the Ring and Cage (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68809-Shaolin-in-the-Ring-and-Cage) & China MMA (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?49870-China-MMA). I'm also copying this to our Monkey King thread (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King) for cross-ref.

UFC 239: China’s Song Yadong – inspired by Jet Li and the Monkey King – is out to conquer the world (https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/mixed-martial-arts/article/3017611/ufc-239-chinas-song-yadong-inspired-jet-li)
The 21-year-old Chinese phenom blows veteran fighter away in Las Vegas and sets his sights on UFC Shenzhen
‘Kung Fu Monkey’ trained outside Shaolin Temple as a child before turning up at Team Alpha Male – and Hall of Famer Urijah Faber is his biggest fan
Mathew Scott
Published: 7:59pm, 7 Jul, 2019

Song Yadong celebrates a win at UFC Singapore. Photo: Handout

If Alejandro “Turbo” Perez had managed to eye the clock just before his head hit the canvas he might have seen that 2:04 of the first round had elapsed in his bout against Song “Kung Fu Monkey” Yadong.
What’s more likely, though, is that Mexican’s lights were already out, and that he woke seconds later simply wondering what the hell had hit him.
Fans across North America were left pondering the very same thing.
Not much had been known, stateside, about the 21-year-old bantamweight (14-3, two no contests) before Sunday’s heroics at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and a huge right hand ended the night for a Perez who was eight years older and of considerable more experience, in UFC terms at least, at 21-8-1.

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Hall of Famer Urijah Faber had been preaching from the MMA pulpit ever since Song turned up at his Team Alpha Male gym in Sacramento asking for his skill set to be fine-tuned.
In Vegas over the past week Faber had been telling all who listened what Song was all about, continuing a sermon that started in Singapore back in June last year, not too long after he’d started working with the Chinese fighter.

Song Yadong at UFC Shanghai. Photo: Handout

“All this kid wants to do is learn,” Faber said back then. “You teach him something and he wants to practise again and again. You almost have to force him out of the gym.”
But Asia – and China in particular – has over the past 18 months taken the rising star from Tianjin to heart, as has the world’s premier promotion as it spreads its reach through the region, and into the Middle Kingdom.
As the second-youngest fighter on the UFC’s books Song stood smiling, once his arm had been raised and his record in the promotion had been stretched to a 4-0 that now includes two performance of the night bonuses. Song just keeps stepping up.


“I was practising that punch. My coach made that call for me to train that specific technique,” Yadong said. “I was prepared to fight all three rounds. I didn’t expect to finish the fight so fast. I’m very happy with the win. I want to fight a top 10 opponent next.”
He’s certainly earned it and the UFC certainly know they’re on to a good thing.
There’s the Song origin story, for starters.

Song Yadong poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at the Mandarin Oriental on in Singapore in June 2018. Photo: Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

So keen was the young Song on finding a career as a fighter that his family agreed to send him to the kung fu schools that line the walls of the famed Shaolin Temple when he was just nine years old. It was a tough life, long hours of training and chores.
But Song says that it still wasn’t enough. He wanted not so much to train but to fight.
“I had watched a lot of kung fu movies, so I wanted to be like my heroes, like Jet Li,” Song said last year. “I went to Shaolin and I trained, getting up each day at 5am. It was harder than I ever expected. I left Shaolin after two years and then I learned about MMA. I like the action, I like the fact every fight tests you and that you always have to work to be the best fighter you can be.”

Song Yadong (right) in action at UFC Singapore. Photo: Handout

And so the journey shifted to MMA and to a fake ID that had Song inside the MMA cage at the age of 15. He drifted through the regional promotions while still a wide-eyed teen – from One Championship, through Kunlun Fight and Wu Lin Feng. But then came a late call-up as the UFC made its debut in Shanghai in November 2017.
Little, again, was known about Song until, that is, he demolished India’s Bharat “Daring” Khandare (5-3) and looked for all the world that he was born to fight among the world’s best, despite the fact he was still 19.
After Sunday’s fight, and after hardly raising a sweat, Song called on the UFC also to throw him back into the fray as part of its Shenzhen card on August 31.

Song Yadong is now 4-0 in the UFC. Photo: Handout

That event features a first for China as Zhang “Magnum” Weili (19-1), who faces Brazilian champ Jessica Andrade (20-6) for her strawweight belt and looks to be crowned the first UFC champion from her nation.
Last month, the UFC opened the doors on its multimillion dollar Performance Institute in Shanghai, with boss Dana White declaring it’ll be a “game-changer” for local fighters.
Song will no doubt see what’s on offer there, as will his good friend and Team Alpha Male gym pal Liu Pingyuan (13-5), the fellow bantamweight who’s up next for China, against American Jonathan Martinez (10-2) on the UFC Fight Night 155 card in Sacramento on July 13.

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Chinese fighters are on a 15-6 UFC record since the start of 2018, and Song for one believes things are only just getting started.
“I will be working towards the belt,” he told the media after Sunday’s win. “I don’t know when it will happen but I’ll be working hard, waiting for the chance to happen.”
****, this weekend in Sacto, but I'm already booked for the ITKFA Championships (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?67960-ITKFA-Chinese-Martial-Arts-Championship&p=1313894#post1313894).

09-23-2019, 08:42 AM

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Monkey King (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?50181-Monkey-King)

09-23-2019, 02:24 PM
First forum review. Now on Amazon Prime.

I should trust Wang Baoqiang more. He's a Shaolin-trained celebrity who grew up in Shaolin village. Maybe he was one of the thousands of kids I saw when I was there. Now he's leading the pack of pop Kung Fu Comedies, now that Jackie and Stephen have faded in their humor. In some ways, BiI is what Jackie's Kung Fu Yoga (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?68161-Kung-Fu-Yoga) and Stephen's Journey to the West (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?61200-Stephan-Chow-s-Journey-to-the-West-Conquering-Demons) aspired to be, with that distinct Baoqiang 'buddy flick' formula. It's PRC meets Bollywood, colorful (yes, several dance numbers), fightful (yes, swordfights and some decent one-er wire-fu), scenic (yes, obligatory ancient ruin locations), crass (yes, **** jokes), racist (yes, poor mexicans in the chili eating contest), cliche (yes, buddy-break-ups-&-reconciliations), cheesey (yes, cartoonish cgi), foreign (yes, a few hairpin turns outside our cultural box), long-winded (yes, even at only 99 min runtime) and epic (yes, this is a wicked spin on the Monkey King and Hanuman legends).

It's far from perfect, but it's a taste of what PRC thinks might win Chinese audiences and crossover to Bollywood, with absolutely no consideration for the Hollywood market. And it did $100M in PRC so not too far off the mark (can't find India Box stats).

As a huge fan of Journey to the West and the Ramayana, the monkey king aspect really worked for me. I'm not confident it works for anyone not well familiar with the trappings of the Chinese and Indian filmmaking or those legends. Note that this is very much a Chinese New Year flick.

I'm attaching the trailer but I'd advise NOT watching it if you intend to watch this movie. The trailer has a lot of joke spoilers.


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10-07-2019, 08:58 AM

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03-09-2020, 08:49 AM
Journey to the West
AMERICAN DEMONS (https://www.journeytothewest-americandemons.com/chapters/1)

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I have not read this but maybe someone here will and review it.

02-02-2021, 11:55 AM
Monkey King: Journey to the West (https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/30691/wu-ch-eng-en.html)
Wu Ch'eng-en Julia Lovell (Translator)
One of the world's greatest fantasy novels and a rollicking classic of Chinese literature, in a sparkling new translation and published in a Clothbound Classics edition.

A shape-shifting trickster on a kung-fu quest for eternal life, Monkey King is one of the most memorable superheroes in world literature. High-spirited and omni-talented, he can transform himself into whatever he chooses and turn each of his body's 84,000 hairs into an army of clones. But his penchant for mischief repeatedly gets him into trouble, and when he raids Heaven's Orchard of Immortal Peaches, the Buddha pins him beneath a mountain. Five hundred years later, Monkey King is finally given a chance to redeem himself: he must protect the pious monk Tripitaka on his journey in search of precious Buddhist sutras that will bring enlightenment to the Chinese empire.

Joined by two other fallen immortals - Pigsy, a rice-loving flying pig, and Sandy, a depressive river-sand monster - Monkey King does battle with Red Boy, Princess Jade-Face, the Monstress Dowager, and all manner of dragons, ogres, wizards and femmes fatales; navigates the perils of Fire-Cloud Cave, the River of Flowing Sand and the Water-Crystal Palace; and is serially captured, lacquered, sautéed, steamed and liquefied - but always hatches an ingenious plan to get himself and his fellow pilgrims out of their latest jam.

Comparable to The Canterbury Tales or Don Quixote, Monkey King is at once a gripping adventure, a comic satire and a spring of spiritual insight. With this new translation by the award-winning Julia Lovell, the irrepressible rogue hero of one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature has the potential to vault, with his signature cloud-somersault, into the hearts of a whole new generation of readers.

This Monkey King thread has evolved into a master thread for Journey to the West. Maybe I should change the title some day...

05-10-2021, 09:34 AM
Read my latest interviews for Den of Geek: DC Introduces New Hero in Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration (https://www.denofgeek.com/comics/dc-introduces-new-asian-superhero-with-festival-of-heroes/)


DC-Festival-of-Heroes-The-Asian-Superhero-Celebration-amp-Monkey-Prince (http://www.kungfumagazine.com/forum/showthread.php?72054-DC-Festival-of-Heroes-The-Asian-Superhero-Celebration-amp-Monkey-Prince)
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05-20-2021, 02:00 PM
...in 2023? That seems like a long time from now.

May 20, 2021 9:00am PT
Stephen Chow’s ‘Monkey King,’ Plus ‘Boons and Curses’ and ‘Mech Cadet,’ Coming to Netflix in 2023 (https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/stephen-chow-monkey-king-netflix-1234977665/)

By Elaine Low

Three new animated feature films and series from Asian American creators are coming to Netflix in 2023, including Stephen Chow’s “The Monkey King,” starring the voice talents of Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu, Andrew Pang, Andrew Kishino, Jodi Long, James Sie and BD Wong.

“The Monkey King” is inspired by the famous Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” in which a special monkey fights gods, demons, dragons — and his own hubris. The film is executive produced by Chow, with “Over the Moon’s” Peilin Chou and “How to Train Your Dragon 2’s Kendra Haaland producing. Anthony Stacchi (“The Boxtrolls”) is directing.

“The Monkey King has endured for generations with his unique character and spirit,” said Chow. I’m so excited to be collaborating with Tony, Peilin, and everyone at Netflix to bring this joyful tale to audiences worldwide!”

Additionally, “Boons and Curses” and “Mech Cadets” are also hitting Netflix in 2023. From creator and executive producer Jaydeep Hasrajani and series co-executive producer Jake Goldman, “Boons and Curses” is a comedy-action animated series set in the magical land of Maya, where a cosmic war looms. Inspired by ancient South Asia, the adventure comedy centers on a three-foot-tall hero made of butter, who takes on Raj and his monstrous army. The show is described as: “Claiming to be a cursed warrior from another time, Baan may have been transformed into solid ghee but he won’t let that stop him! Teaming up with Rani, a young thief with delusions of grandeur, Baan must use every arrow in his quiver if he wants to defeat the Raj.”

“Growing up, I used to think of the hyphen in ‘Indian-American’ as a separator between two parts of myself,” said Hasrajani. “With ‘Boons and Curses’ I want to turn that hyphen from a wall into a bridge, not just for me, but for anybody who has ever felt that they were caught between two worlds. Using the beauty of South Asian mythology, folktales, and culture, our talented and passionate crew is so eager to share an exciting and hilarious adventure that can resonate with everyone the world over.”

“Mech Cadets” is an animated series based on the Boom! Studios series “Mech Cadet Yu” from Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa, executive produced by Boom! Studios, Japanese studio Polygon Pictures Inc. and Aaron Lam, who also serves as the writer and an executive producer.

Set 50 years in the future, after a terrifying alien species attack, “teenager Stanford Yu works as a janitor at the Sky Corps Military Academy. But he’s only dreamed of one thing his entire life — to pilot a Robo Mech, giant robots from outer-space who came to our aid. When he finally gets his shot, Stanford and his classmates must put aside all personal differences and work together as a team in order to defend humanity against a new invasion of aliens.”

“It is important for us to create stories that exemplify our teams’ diverse voices and art as a studio based in Tokyo, Japan,” said Polygon’s Jack Liang. “As part of our mission ‘to do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy,’ we are ecstatic to have alongside with us, our supervising director, Tohru Patrick Awa, writer and executive producer, Aaron Lam and our talented diverse team of writers, to visualize the wonderful story created by Greg Pak, Takeshi Miyazawa and Boom! Studios. We all are honored to
work with Netflix, and to tell a story that we hope will inspire future storytellers around the world.”

Said Netflix Animation manager Jane Lee: “These films and series join our incredible slate of animation from world class Asian American creators with different styles, unique voices, and a broad range of stories to tell including Academy Award-nominated film ‘Over the Moon’ from Glen Keane, Gennie Rim and Peilin Chou; ‘City of Ghosts’ from Elizabeth Ito; and upcoming series and films like ‘Centaurworld’ from Megan Nicole Dong; ‘Oni’ from Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi; ‘Ghee
Happy’ from Sanjay Patel; ‘Witch Boy’ from Minkyu Lee; and ‘Steps’ from Alyce Tzue.”

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05-30-2021, 09:44 AM
Chinese movie China Captain slammed as rip-off of Marvel films (https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/chinese-movie-china-captain-slammed-as-rip-off-of-marvel-films)
China Captain was released on Tencent Video streaming website on May 18.PHOTO: MAOYAN/WEIBO
Lim Ruey Yan
PUBLISHEDMAY 26, 2021, 5:06 PM SGT

SINGAPORE - A Chinese web movie featuring an assortment of characters from Chinese folklore and novels has been slammed for ripping off Marvel's superhero movies.

China Captain - the title of the movie echoes Marvel's Captain America - was released on Tencent Video streaming website on May 18.

The story tells of a group of Chinese heroes who declare war on a bunch of foreign superheroes who have encroached on their turf in China.

The movie, directed by He Yizheng, stars relatively unknown actors such as Zheng Xiaofu, Li Taiyan and Du Qiao.

It features characters such as the Monkey King from the classic novel Journey To The West, eccentric monk Ji Gong and late gongfu star Bruce Lee.

There are also characters from late author Louis Cha's martial arts novels such as Yang Guo, Wei Xiaobao and Dongfang Bubai.

Some characters seem to have superpowers, such as Justice Bao from the Song Dynasty firing laser beams from his crescent-moon shaped birthmark on his forehead; and Guan Yu from the Three Kingdoms period having laser-like eyes.

Some Chinese netizens said it was so bad that they had to stop watching after a while and lambasted the weak story and poor special effects.

Others said there were several similarities to the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, such as the film opening with the flipping of comic book pages and the assembling of the Chinese heroes towards the end.

Despite the bad reviews, the movie has a rating of 7.7 on Tencent Video, which left some wondering if the score was a true reflection.

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