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
Mandarin Xī yóu jì nǚ'ér guó
Directed by Cheang Pou-soi
Written by Wen Ning
Based on Journey to the West
by Wu Cheng'en
Starring
Music by Yu Kobayashi
Production
company
Filmko Entertainment
Release date
  • 16 February 2018 (2018-02-16)[1]
Country Hong Kong
China
Language Mandarin
Budget RMB 550 (US$87 million) [2]
Box office US$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]

James March from ScreenAnarchy said: "The Monkey King 3 delivers enough broad humour, striking visuals, casual spirituality and larger-than-life action to succeed as a Chinese New Year crowd pleaser."[12] While Maggie Lee from Variety commented "And yet, while its femme-focused premise suggests rich opportunities to challenge traditional Chinese gender roles, “The Monkey King 3” disappointingly resists the chance to reinvent female identity." [13]

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. ^ "Review: THE MONKEY KING 3, a Femin-ish Fantasy Frolic". ScreenAnarchy. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  13. ^ Lee, Maggie (2018-02-17). "Film Review: 'The Monkey King 3'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 

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