The Monkey King 2

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The Monkey King 2 (2016)

G 120 min - Action, Adventure, Fantasy - 22 January 2016
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Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

Director:  Soi Cheang
Writers:  Wu Cheng'en, Elvis Man

Storyline

Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!


Collections: Soi Cheang

Details

Official Website:  http://themonkeykingmovie.com
Country:   Hong Kong China
Language:  普通话
Release Date:  22 January 2016

Box Office

Budget:  $68,490,000
Revenue:  $193,677,158

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Filmko Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 00 min

Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King.

With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

The Monkey King 2 Movie Trailer

The Monkey King 2 by Cheang Pou-soi

The Monkey King 2 is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. The film was shot in 3D and is a sequel to the 2014 box office hit The Monkey King with Cheang Pou-soi returning as director and Sammo Hung as action director, who replaces Donnie Yen’s role from the previous installment. The film stars Aaron Kwok, who portrayed the main antagonist in the previous installment, as the film’s titular protagonist, who also replaces Yen from the previous installment. It was released in the United States on 5 February, in Hong Kong on 6 February and in China on 8 February 2016, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday period.

Plot

500 years after Sun Wukong’s (Aaron Kwok) imprisonment under the Five Fingers Mountain, a young Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) sets out for a journey to the Thunder Monastery in India to collect Buddha’s scriptures. On his travels he accidentally frees Wukong and the Monkey King learns that he has to protect the monk throughout the journey, being bound by an enchanted headband that can cause him pain. Soon the duo meet Zhu Bajie (Xiaoshenyang), a lustful pig demon, and Sha Wujing (Him Law), a djinn-like monk.

The company travel to the Yun Hai Xi Kingdom, a land terrorized by the White Bone Demon (Gong Li) who snatches children. As the demoness learns about Sanzang, she decides to eat him in order to stop her reincarnation cycle and achieve everlasting demon-hood. She takes appearance of an old woman and lures the group into a cottage in the woods. While her disguised minions occupy Wukong, Bajie and Wujing, the demoness tells Sanzang a story about how she was forced to marry as a young girl, and when her village suffered with famine, the people blamed her for it, even calling her an evil demon, and attempted to kill her as a sacrifice to the gods. As Tang comforts the old lady, she attempts to kill him, but is stopped by Wukong. The demoness escapes and leaves the dead body of the old lady behind. Sanzang and the others don’t believe Wukong that all the women he murdered were demons, and blame him for killing the innocent.

The group arrives to the kingdom’s capital and the King (Fei Xiang) throws a feast for them, begging Sanzang to exorcise the bloodthirsty demoness from their land. Suddenly Lady White appears and demands the monk, but he offers her his help in enlightenment instead. She tries to persuade Wukong to let her devour the monk, but he deceives her instead, and a fight ensues. During the chaos, the King’s guards kidnap Tang, It is revealed that it’s been actually the King kidnapping and killing the children in a desperate attempt to cure himself of a cursed disease. He tries to kill Sanzang, but Wukong arrives and saves the monk and the surviving children as well. All of the group are celebrated as heroes, but as a little girl approaches Sanzang, Wukong beats her to death and her mother as well, seeing White Bone Demon possessing both of them. In a fit of anger and disbelief, Tang banishes Wukong away, but as soon as he does, he gets snatched away by the demoness.

In the demoness’ lair, she breaks Sanzang’s resistance by revealing him the story she had told him earlier was true, recounting her previous life as a mortal. Sanzang gets to understand her motives and gives up, but is saved by Wukong at the last minute. Wukong, Baije and Wujing fight the White Bone Demon and her army and finally defeat her, with Wukong wounding her mortally. Sanzang, however, pleads Buddha to save her soul from destruction, only to realize he would have to sacrifice his own life. The monk offers his help to the demoness one last time, but she refuses and kills herself. Saddened, Tang begs Wukong to kill him, too. The Monkey King refuses at first, but then understands the monk’s desire to help the demoness change her doom, and tearfully agrees, promising Sanzang to wait for his return, and ends his life by changing him into a Buddha statue. Because of Sanzang’s sacrifice, he succeeds in leading the demoness to her reincarnation to human, freeing her of her pain and hatred.

Some time later, Wukong and his friends still wait for the return of the monk, but continue their journey to the Thunder Monastery. It seems that Sanzang actually reenters life, as a human finger cracks through the Buddha statue that Wukong is carrying [wikipedia]

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