The First Superhero: Monkey King
The film “The First Superhero: Monkey King” is an adaptation of the well-known Chinese classic “Journey to the West.” It creatively brings the traditional Chinese superhero, the Monkey King, to the big screen, presenting familiar mythical tales such as the birth of the Monkey King on Fruit Mountain, rewriting the Book of Life and Death in the Underworld, obtaining divine weapons from the Dragon Palace in the Eastern Sea, and creating chaos in the Celestial Palace. This animated fantasy adventure provides the audience with a delightful, joyous, and thrilling experience.
The film will be released nationwide on July 29th during the summer season. The comedic take on the fantasy journey of the Monkey King is a perfect mix of Chinese culture with international expression. The beautiful animations, along with adorable character designs, promises movie-goers a delightful surprise. The film has been nominated for the Best Artistic Film award at the China Movie Golden Rooster Awards.
The characters’ designs in the film are captivating, featuring the Dragon King with pink hair, the six-armed Yama, the lovable and chubby Nezha, and even the Jade Emperor, who loves karaoke. The incorporation of modern pop culture elements into the character designs is bold and refreshing, resulting in eye-catching animated images.
“The First Superhero: Monkey King” is a carefully crafted representation of globalizing Chinese stories. The movie is rich in imagination in terms of visual presentation and character development. As this new version of the Monkey King animation combines traditional Chinese elements with modern art, it remains to be seen how well it will be received in the Chinese market.
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