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The Monkey King 2

Inspired from the classic novel "Journey to the West" by Wu Cheng`en, the story follows Sun Wukong, also known as the Monkey King, as he battles the Skeleton Demon named Baigujing.

Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English / Chinese
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 5 Feb 2016
Genre: Action / Adventure
Running Time: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng, Xiao Shenyang, Chung Him Law, Kelly Chen
Director: Soi Cheang
Format: 2D

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Writer: Erny Suzira

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Watch this if you liked: “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons”

The Good, the Bad and the Westward Journey:

Director Cheang Pou-soi certainly has improved by leaps and bounds with his latest film, "The Monkey King 2", the sequel to his previously directed "The Monkey King". It is safe to say that the current film is definitely better than its predecessor in terms of its acting, script, as well as the visual and sound effects.

"The Monkey King 2" is visually spectacular, with beautiful sceneries, colourful costumes and amazing 3D effects that are an absolute treat for the eyes. The special effects used during the action sequences are especially amazing as well, accompanied by the beautifully choreographed fight scenes.

Kudos to the costume department who have done a marvellous job on the characters' makeup and traditional outfits - especially Gong Li who is absolutely beautiful and flawless as the White-Boned Demon. Her many traditional dresses, make-up and hairstyles are elegant and stunning.

In terms of the performances of the cast, predictably Aaron Kwok has perfectly nailed his character as the cheeky yet adorable Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong. Even the rest of the cast have done justice to their respective roles by staying faithful to the characters derived from the classic Chinese novel.

Nevertheless, some parts of the film are a bit slow-paced and dreary, and the character development seems a bit rush, which is understandable as the director couldn't fit everything in a two-hour long movie.

Despite the flaws, "The Monkey King 2" is a great film to watch with the rest of the family as it is a fun classical tale with creative contemporary flair.

Trivia

• Despite being the sequel to "The Monkey King", the film tells a different story with an all-new cast. Donnie Yen played the Monkey King in the first movie.


Cinema Online, 28 January 2016
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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