The Monkey King 3

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The Monkey King 3
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Traditional西遊記女兒國
Simplified西游记女儿国
MandarinXī yóu jì nǚ'ér guó
Directed byCheang Pou-soi
Written byWen Ning
Based onJourney to the West
by Wu Cheng'en
Starring
Music byYu Kobayashi
Production
company
Filmko Entertainment
Distributed byInternational - Well Go USA Entertainment , Aeon pix studios ( India , Europe & other )
Release date
  • 16 February 2018 (2018-02-16)[1]
CountryHong Kong
China
LanguageMandarin
BudgetRMB 550 (US$87 million) [2]
Box officeUS$114.2 million[3]

The Monkey King 3 is a 2018 Chinese fantasy film based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en. The film is the third installment of the Monkey King franchise, after The Monkey King (2014) and The Monkey King 2 (2016). Directed by Cheang Pou-soi, it stars Aaron Kwok, Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying, Xiaoshenyang and Him Law. The film was released on February 16, 2018, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday period.[4]

Plot[edit]

In The Monkey King 3, Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (William Feng Shaofeng) and his disciples – Wukong the Monkey King (Aaron Kwok Fu-shing), pig demon Bajie (Xiao Shenyang) and the blue-skinned sand demon Wujing (Him Lo Chung-him) – inadvertently enter the Womanland of Western Liang, a nation populated by women raised to believe that men are fatally deceptive in matters of the heart.

Love nevertheless blossoms between Tang Sanzang and the Womanland’s young queen (Zhao Liying), even though her royal preceptor (Gigi Leung Wing-kei) is hell-bent on sentencing the men to death. As Wukong and Co. search for a way out of this nation surrounded by a vast magical net, it soon transpires, conveniently, that romantic love is the only key to opening the gate. So will Tang Sanzang give up on his sacred mission and stay with the queen?

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

On 4 December 2016, it was announced that Zhao Liying would play the role of the Ruler of Women's Country.[5] The original cast members of The Monkey King 2: Aaron Kwok, Feng Shaofeng, Xiaoshenyang and Him Law would be reprising their roles as Sun Wukong, Tang Sanzang, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing respectively in the film.[6] On 1 March 2017, Liu Tao, Lin Chi-ling, and Gigi Leung were reported to have joined the cast.[7]

Filming[edit]

Hollywood talent Shaun Smith (300, I am Legend, The Monkey King 2) returns as the special makeup effects supervisor/designer for the Monkey King 3.

Release[edit]

The third sequel was released in China on February 16, 2018.[8] During the event it was announced that the film will be released on 16 February 2018, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday period, which is also the first day of the Year of the Dog.

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 33% based on 6 reviews, and an average rating of 3.5/10.[9] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 4 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] On Tianjin Maoyan Culture Media's ticketing website the film has received a 7.8/10 from the audience based on over 240,000 reviews.[11]

Elizabeth Kerr from The Hollywood Reporter believes that the film is "bonker(s), but in a charming, delirious sort of way" with "enough eye-catching set pieces." But the movie may not necessary to be 3D. As for actors, Aaron Kwok delivers a "strong performance......that's far more nuanced than it needs to be," while "Feng and Zhao are a less than riveting couple, making their dilemmas leaden soap opera instead of compelling crises of conscience or identity." She also points out that even the Queen's still "begging for the men’s help." The Monkey King 3 misses a great timing and opportunity to make the female characters "active-not-reactive." [12]

China's noted film critic Raymond Zhou regards The Monkey King 3 as inferior than its previous one, "The Monkey King 2. He criticizes on his personal Weibo that the CGI effect is far from credible than the story is. Both of two romantic lines have no chemistry. Feng Shaofeng's performance is reliable among leads.[13]

Senior film critic Derek Elley, however, credits The Monkey King 3 as "the most engaging of the three films on a character level, with a relaxed tone and often silly humour that also help to bolster its “human” face." Xuanzang's role is "always a difficult one to bring off amid such colourful company (Aaron Kwok, Xiaoshenyang, and Luo Zhongqian)", but Feng Shaofeng "manages to make Xuanzang sympathetic"; Zhao fails to "dominate the film as her character should"; Gigi Leung "grabs the spotlight" while her character is not "fully-drawn"; Lin Zhiling "has a couple of memorable moments in the CGI-heavy finale[14]."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "西游记·女儿国 (2018)". movie.douban.com.
  2. ^ Zhang Rui (February 16, 2018). "movie guide for Spring Festival 2018". China.org.cn. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Xi You Ji Nu Er Guo (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved March 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Big bucks behind new Monkey King film". China Daily. 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ "赵丽颖出演《西游记·女儿国》国王 2018年上映". ent.ifeng. 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ "郭富城回归《西游记:女儿国》还演孙悟空". news.ifeng. 22 November 2016.
  7. ^ "《西游记:女儿国》聚女神 林志玲梁咏琪刘涛入国". Sina. 1 March 2017.
  8. ^ "西游记·女儿国 (2018)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "The Monkey King 3 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  10. ^ "The Monkey King 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  11. ^ "西游记女儿国 - 猫眼电影 - 一网打尽好电影". maoyan.com. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  12. ^ "'The Monkey King 3': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  13. ^ Zhou, Reymond (February 22, 2018). "《女儿国》不如《三打白骨精》,它跟过年两年的奇幻大片是同一个问题:把创作的重心放到视觉奇观上,而忽视了故事的重要性。也许主创们觉得这故事耳熟能详,讲得好不好不重要。反正我留下印象的全是画面,对那两组毫不来电的恋爱故事直接无视。但跟《三生三世》等相比,这部似乎要胜一筹。演员中冯绍峰是可信的". Sino Weibo. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Review: The Monkey King 3 (2018) | Sino-Cinema 《神州电影》". sino-cinema.com. Retrieved 2018-08-22.

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