Christopher Young has composed the music for the upcoming fantasy action adventure The Monkey King. The film is directed by Pou-Soi Cheang (Dog Bite Dog, Accident) and stars Donnie Yen in the title role, alongside, Aaron Kwok, Chow Yun-Fat, Peter Ho, Kelly Chen and Joe Chen. The movie is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng’en’s novel Journey to the West and tells the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven. Edmond Wong (Ip Man) has adapted the material for the screen and Agan (Don Quixote) is producing the Mandarin Films and Filmko Pictures production. The Monkey King will be released in China, Hong Kong and other Asian territories on January 31, 2014. A release in the U.S. later in 2014 is expected.
I'm actually looking forward to this for two reasons. One, being that I'm a big fan of Christopher Young. Two, I'm almost finished reading the four volume set of Journey to the West (aka Monkey King). I'm currently halfway through Vol. IV and I will say this much - Journey to the West is without a doubt the longest book i've ever read (2,300+ pages) and one of the most fun. Monkey is always battling demons and evil spirits in every chapter. I think Young is going to have a good time scoring this film.
Having lived with someone who is Asian for now 18 years, I can honestly say that I have seen my fair share, if not more, of Chinese/Hong Kong and everything else SE Asian kind of film. With the exception of a few, I cannot remember nary one of their titles. But I know I've seen one with Jet Li who played the Monkey King. It was entertaining but damned silly. This one looks more like "The Cowardly Lion King" than a monkey.
Chinese martial art fantasy films really do nothing for me. The fight scenes are typically ENDLESS. They go on and on and on...just when you think it's over, that a character is down for the count the third time, it starts a new. Tiresome for the most part. Some are fun, yes but their fantasy films like this just wear on me.
Now movies like The Red Cliff or The Emperor and the Assassin, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, bring em on. And their gangster films are always fun to watch.