The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven

2011-11-10 10:55:31        Chinese Films

Poster of the movie. [Photo: xinhuanet.com]

The image of a monkey wearing a yellow shirt and a tiger print skirt, glaring at the heavenly palace with his piercing eyes, is one that is ingrained in the memories of fans of the legendary character The Monkey King, the main character of "Journey to the West", one of China's Four Masterpieces.

Originally created in 1961, a new 3D adaptation of the world-famous Chinese animation "The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven" will hit domestic screens on January 12, 2012, as announced yesterday by the film's production team in Shanghai.

According to a report on xinhuanet.com, a star-studded cast will provide the voices for the animated classic, including famed director Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige, actors Chen Daoming and Chen Peisi, and actresses Liu Xiaoqing and Yaochen.

Compared to the original, the story line is mostly intact. "We remade it in a 3D format and cut the time from 120 minutes to 80 minutes," director Su Da said in an interview. She also stated, "The new film will cater to the viewing preferences of current audiences".

The production company has revealed that the film's 3D effects and post-production stages will be managed by the same team that was in charge of "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon".

By Chen Nan

Su Da, director of the movie. [Photo: xinhuanet.com]

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