Born atop the Flowers and Fruit Mountain, Wu Kong – the one who will become known as the Monkey King – has a heart of stone. The heavenly general Ji Hua is determined to destroy him, but the unusual little monkey is rescued by a wise monk, and his teaching begins. Meanwhile, a tangled web of romance, rivalry, and danger is spreading among the nobles of the heavenly realm…
A mythic figure since the Song Dynasty days a millennium ago, the mischievous, mystical Monkey King, Sun Wukong, is among the greatest and most beloved trickster heroes of world folklore. He counts immortality and multiplicity among his supernatural skills and powers, and surely it must be so given his countless appearances on page, stage and screen – from the 16th-century classic “Journey to the West” to the Beijing Opera, Chinese animation, Hong Kong TV series and in recent years, feature films featuring Jet Li, Stephen Chow and Donnie Yen. Derek Kwok (GALLANTS, FULL STRIKE) was co-writer/director of Chow’s 2013 effort, and now delivers his own distinct spin on the iconic super-simian. Rather than return yet again to “Journey to the West”, Kwok adapted the popular internet novel “Legend of Wukong” by Jin Hezai. A darker, edgier approach is taken, focusing on the early, formative days of Wukong (Eddie Peng, RISE OF THE LEGEND, TAI CHI HERO). With a cast including Shawn Yue (INFERNAL AFFAIRS, LOVE IN THE BUFF) and Ni Ni (FLOWERS OF WAR, WARRIORS GATE), and fantasy visuals as astounding as anything you’ve seen yet, Kwok’s WU KONG reveals a legend in a new light.
- Rupert Bottenberg