English, Chinese, Malaylanguage:
Dolby Digital 2.0release date:
Nov 21, 2012
Region Code: 3, PAL
No of CDs: 17 DVDs (Episode 1 - 66 End)
Rating for English subtitles: Good
Journey to The West 2011 / à¤ë´ÑÀ
Starring: Wu Yue, Nie Yuan, Zang Jinsheng, Elvis Tsui, Zhao Yi, Ady An, Liu Tao
Adapted for one of the famous Four Great Chinese Classical Novels of China, the story tells about a fictional account of the mythologized legends around the Buddhist monk Xuanzang¡¯s pilgrimage to India during the Tang dynasty in order to obtain Buddhist religious texts called sutras. The Bodhisattva Guanyin, on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors in the form of disciples — namely Sun Wukung, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing — together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuanzang¡¯s mount, a white horse. These four characters have agreed to help Xuanzang as an atonement for past sins.
Monkey King (or Sunwukong) was born from a stone. He wanted to be like the immortals and be free from death. He was extremely smart and capable, and learned all the magic tricks from a master Taoist. He could transform himself into seventy-two different images such as a tree, a bird, a beast of prey, or a bug as small as a mosquito so as to sneak into an enemy¡¯s belly to fight him or her inside out. Using clouds as a vehicle, he can travel 180,000 miles a single somersault.
He claimed to be king in defiance of the Great Emperor of Jade—the only authority over heaven, the seas, the earth, and the subterranean world. That act of high treason invited the relentless scourge of the Heavenly army. After many showdowns, the dove faction of the heavenly court persuaded the emperor to offer the monkey an official title to appease him. The monkey accepted this offer on a trial basis. However, he learned a few days later that he was cheated and being jeered all over the heavenly court: the position he held was nothing but a stable keeper. Enraged, he revolted, fighting his way back to earth to resume his own claim as a king.
Eventually, the heavenly army subdued him, only after many a battle, with the help of all the god warriors. However, all methods of execution failed. One attempt to kill him actually gave him a pair of fiery golden crystal eyes that can see through what people normally cannot.
At last, the emperor asked Buddha for help. The Buddha moved a great mountain known as the Mount of Five Fingers to fall upon him. Still, the tenacious monkey survived the enormous weight and pressure, except he could not move! Five hundred years later, there came to his rescue the monk Tripitaka. To insure that Tripitaka could make the journey to the West to get the Buddhist scriptures, Buddha had arranged for the Monkey King to become his disciple and escort him, along with two other disciples they later came across. There the four started their stormy journey west which was packed with actions and adventures.
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