Watch THE MONKEY KING Unleashed In First Teaser

[UPDATE:  Speak of the devil...the first teaser has arrived today.  Mtime reports the film will contain over 2600 special effects shots with plenty of green-screen to create the mythical world and it will be released globally in IMAX 3D theaters. With Stephen Chow's Journey to the West already on its way as well, it seems 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the warrior monkey. You'll find the one-minute video embedded below.]

A poster for Soi Cheang's action fantasy film The Monkey King has been posted via Donnie Yen's facebook, featuring Yen in full prosthetic makeup that requires five hours to apply per day. 

Beside Yen playing the titled role, the other cast include Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, Kelly Chen, Gigi Leung, Eilin Zhang, Joe Chen, Peter Ho, Xia Zi Tong and Carlson Cheng.
Ever since the beginning of time, it was the deities who had maintained the order of the heaven and earth. However, owing to their evil predisposition, the demons weren't content with being subservient to deities all the time. To take the controlling power from deities, the leader of the demon tribe, Buffalo Demon King mounted an attack against the deities in heaven, but he lost out to Jade Emperor of the deity tribe at last and was expelled to Flaming Mountain on earth. Though the battle was drawn to a close, heaven was left in ruins and rubble. For the sake of harmony among deities, demons and humans, the goddess Nuwa turned herself into multicoloured crystals with which she mended heaven. To protect heaven from demonic ambush again, she also built the South Heavenly Gate with the same crystals. The Gate was imbued with strong divine magical power so that any demonic being coming close to it would vanish into ash. Despite the utmost care she used, Nuwa dropped one of the crystals fell to the earth leaving an opening on the Gate. As the crystal fell, it gathered the solar and lunar energies throughout hundreds of thousands of years and it turned into a celestial foetus. A divine monkey was born at last and he was the pivotal figure related to the security and safety of the heavenly palace.

This divine monkey has exceptional innate talent and intelligence. He learns magic from the Old Master Puti, the magic tricks to ride on flying cloud, freeze people's action and transform himself into 72 different beings.

Meantime, a giant wall of water hit Flaming Mountain, where Buffalo Demon King lived. The Demon King knew it was time to pull off his plan to attack heaven by playing the divine monkey off against heaven, so that he could take the controlling power from deities purportedly.

The film is scheduled for release theatrically in late 2013.
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  • Stephan Maich

    what happened to stephen chow's journey to the west (same character, same story - in theory) movie? are these guys trying to steal chow's thunder or is the story just SO CLASSIC that one production would have zero responsibility to the other?

  • It's one of the most popular Chinese fables of all time with a stack of movies and television series based on it. I don't think there's any need to read anything at all into the fact that there are multiple films happening around the same time. It seems like there's always something in development that uses Journey as its basis.

  • Arthur Vandelay

    I have my doubts about this film (not the CGI, but Donnie Yen as the Monkey King...I just can't imagine him in that role.), but hopefully they'll prove me wrong. Eilin Zhang (Zhang Zilin) looks beautiful as always. =)

  • Indoclone

    This looks so awful, pitiful CGI which is par for the course for HK CGI, the monkey king coming out of the mountain looks so cheap. It's a person inside a suit, even the TV series have better SFX. Definitely a money grab for Donnie Yen, like so many of his movies lately.

  • tman418

    So this movie was indeed filmed with IMAX 3D cameras, right? Why aren't they emphasizing that? And I surely hope they bring this film here to the U.S. in authentic IMAX 3D Theaters.

  • cuttermaran

    Well, it comes somewhat late, 3-D is as good as dead. Monkey King looks like a yeti here. And why do they always release two similiar movies at the same time (yip man movies f.i., three kingdoms, 2nd world war movies....)?

  • TRD

    Can't wait for the trailer. I love Monkey King. I've watched quite a bit of the series/drama and movies that were made in the past. Next year we get this and also Stephen Chow's Monkey King! I can't wait. I just wished they showed it here in Canada. I never get to see an asian/foreign movie here on the big screen. Especially when it is in 3D!

  • Matt

    Awful!

  • ugh

  • Qinlong

    I actually prefer Jet Li's look as the Monkey King

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