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on 25 February 2009
What it says on the back of the box.
"In the worlds before monkey. Primal chaos reigned, heaven sought order. The moisture of the earth, the powers of the sun and the moon worked upon a certain rock and it became magically fertile. From it came a stone monkey. The nature was irrepressible."
On the way to India to collect ancient holy scrolls, the sacred priest, Tripitaka and his loyal band of followers led by monkey are implored by a mysterious princess to protect her people from a powerful demon warlord, king gold horn and his tyrannical brother, king silver horn.
They have wrestled control of the palace, plundered it's riches and transformed the royal family into terrapin tortoises. mischievous Monkey, Sandy, Pigsy and Tripitaka must combine their strength to defeat the evil warlords and prevent the world being plunged into darkness forever!
Thirty years in the making. Monkey magic has finally made it to the big screen with this brand new feature length adventure.
The journey to the west.
Total Running Time
Does the above ring a bell? Well it does if you spent ages watching the original series on SUNDAY years ago including the plot.
The film it's self plays out exactly like a 2hr episode from the series only benefiting from CGI, the actors wear costumes fairly similar to the original series and possibly look a little more funny/odd/out of place due to the HD as the colours really stand out, this coupled with the computer effects making it look like monkey magic with poke on mixed with power rangers, adds a little to its charm.
Some of the effects seen in this film have been seen in others like Kung Fu Hustle.
This is a great film for those die hard Monkey Magic Fans and is a nice way to introduce the kids to the Monkey stories.
The actors were well picked.
Down side to the film in my opinion are minor, The original Monkey theme music is not there not even as a special feature and it has been replaced with a rock J pop version that just does not go with it if you have seen the original series. Another minor point is when Monkey calls his flying cloud he does not do it in the same classic way and uses a feather instead (Why mess with a classic bit like that What were they thinking).
Over all impression of this film is that its an updated monkey episode in Japanese and English subtitles that is a fun and cheeky , how ever I would recommend that you wait for the price to drop.