THE MONKEY KING: New Teaser Features Donnie Yen In Action. And Makeup.

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Is this how people want to experience the epic Chinese folk tale Journey To The West? The reactions to the first trailer for Soi Cheang's Donnie Yen and Chow Yun Fat starring kung fu fantasy extravaganza The Monkey King were sharply divided - to say the least - and this brand new teaser isn't likely to change anyone's mind.

The new offering is brief - clocking in at thirty seconds - and devoted entirely to the Donnie Yen / Monkey King character. What say you? Yay or nay? Check it out below.
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  • tman418

    I joined "The Monkey King" page on Facebook, and I sent them a message asking them if this will be released in 15perf/70mm IMAX in the United States. And they said YES! But they said it will be the US Dubbed version only. Which I can deal with.

  • $26897721

    I'm looking forward to seeing this. I love when Donnie tries different roles. He is not trying to get stuck being remembered for IP Man, SPL and Flashpoint. We as fans are the ones living in the past. So to say these are his only best works is ridiculous. In my book, I would add his older works in addition to Seven Swords, The Lost Bladesman, 14 Blades, Painted Skin, Empress and the Warriors, Wu Xia, etc. So far from the clips, I prefer Donnie's Monkey King to that of any other zillions of actors that have played the role including Jet Li. Just saying.

  • Flower & Monster

    Looks like cg crap.

  • ColinJ

    There's the original MONKEY MAGIC TV series from Japan then there's everything else.

  • DooK_Fresh

    I'm only interested in Donnie's action choreography tbh. I'll just wait for Yen/Cheang's next project, The Master.

  • Joshua K. Bader

    watched Special Id recently… as long as he returns to something like SPL I will be happy… i can't be just one hit wonder right??? like Ip Man was great but i want more modern fight films…
    Plus didn't Mr. Stephen Chow just make a saiyuki (Monkey King/ journey to the west) film last year

  • Jack Fancy

    Stephen Chow's Monkey King story was really before the demon became the Monkey King, since the book doesn't describe his beginnings.

  • Bobby Stryker

    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks his only decent movies recently are SPL & Ip Man (though I'd throw Wu Xia in there too). Donnie needs to up his game.

  • DooK_Fresh

    And it was disappointing huh? Anyway, he's coming out with several modern action movies next year: Iceman 1-2 (he's wrapping them up real soon), Dragon City (shooting starts in January), The Master (after he finishes Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2), and he's possibly gonna be the lead in the Hollywood action movie Priority Run.

  • Joshua K. Bader

    Special Id felt like a Hong Kong Tv show… the cinematography during the talks scenes and the script were horrible… only good thing that came out of it for me was 1. the hairdresser scene 2. the car chase scene… there was just so much potential but it landed flat on its face… i still watch his films though for sure… cause the mans got talents to boost!

  • DooK_Fresh

    Not surprising. I really enjoyed Special ID. It's nowhere near a masterpiece like SPL and uneven in places (several scenes must've been cut out) but overall it was better than Flash Point imo. Funny that most people aren't criticizing that movie for the lackluster story and almost 1-dimensional characters. Donnie has been straight-forward and serious in pretty much all his modern action movies so seeing his performance in Special ID was refreshing because it shows another dimension of his acting (acting like a triad, being funny, serious, depressed etc). I also dug the action which was very different from SPL and Flash Point: more technical and realistic-looking MMA/grappling coupled with some of that classic HK-style striking.

  • Art Vandelay

    Not to give the wrong idea, I wasn't criticizing his performance. I actually welcomed it. Special ID is pretty much like Flash Point but with more humour. It was nice to see a lighter side of Donnie, especially how I enjoyed his performance in Painted Skin. But if people adjust their expectations on the trailer of Special ID and watch the movie, they're in for a big surprise. I loved the light-heartedness and camp, that's what I thought Flash Point needed more of, since the story was pretty damn boring. It needed more Ray Lui dancing and more childish antics between Donnie and Louis. It needed more of Donnie teaching and berating his musical band. Haha!

    Donnie Yen's modern-set films in the early 80's and early 90's were pretty much like Special ID. Awesome action with typical HK humour like Tiger Cage 2 and In The Line of Duty IV.

  • DooK_Fresh

    I appreciate your post but I was responding to Joshua. Otherwise, I don't mind. Special ID isn't perfect by any means. Pacing definitely affected the quality somewhat.

  • I totally agree about Flash Point. Takes forever to get to the action and the script is pretty weak. I think most people overlook that, though, because once the action gets going it's unrelenting and amazing and they've generally forgotten everything that came before by the time they reach the end.

  • Joshua K. Bader

    i think thats the thing though… the fight scenes were amazing but there was just so much camp! i don't know… i prefer flashpoint to be honest… but thats me

  • Art Vandelay

    Don't forget the China-pleasing ending. F**k me, that was hilarious. The overacting from Donnie Yen was a unintentional masterpiece of comedy. The English-speaking, the English subtitles, the jumping and hugging, the badly spoken Mandarin, f**k that was funny. LOL

  • DooK_Fresh

    Golden moment for sure. But then again, that's part of how his character was judging by how he interacted with the female cop.

  • Joshua K. Bader

    i saw it with my good hk friend… and we talked about it a lot… english in hk films is cool! didn't stop me from making duck face every 10 minutes… on english subs was I the only one that felt some of them were too long and almost blinked before your eyes…

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