Before Mermaid became the highest grossing film in China, there was Monster Hunt and before that, there was Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Two of the three are Stephen Chow productions and all three are part of the highly lucrative fantasy action comedy genre.
In keeping with the tradition of premiering a Monkey King movie every Lunar New Year, Producer Stephen Chow collaborates with Director Tsui Hark to bring Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2 西游伏妖篇.
The IT factor is obviously the meshing of a comedic genius and a wuxia extraordinaire so much that they deserve some screentime at the end of the trailer. Chow questions Hark regarding the non-existent special effects, and Hark argues that Chow never asked for special effects. Hence, their faces of resignation.
To be honest, I'm extremely curious to see the brainchild of these two great minds that have such disparate styles. If you have seen the original, then you'd know that the story is anything unconventional in many ways and the sequel promises to be no different.
It begins when the monkey, pig and sand demon embark on a spiritual journey along with their master Tang San Zang but the catch is... they really really hate each other. I enjoyed the original but not enough to be a fan so I don't mind that the cast does not return and I quite like the new cast of eye candies featuring Kris Wu (Europe Raiders) as Tang San Zang and Lin Gengxin (Sword Master) as Monkey King.
Release Date: January 28, 2017 (Lunar New Year)