HONG KONG – Generations of Chinese grew up under the spell cast byWu Cheng’en’s “Journey to the West”, the 16th Century adventureepic which is the subject of two major upcoming film adaptations. Hopes are that the tale will continue to leave audiencesspellbound, with shooting now wrapped on actor and director StephenChow’s version of the tale and another starring “Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon” star Chow Yun-fat. Lauded as one of China’s “Four Great Classical Novels,” it hasinspired operas, including one penned by acclaimed British rockerDamon Albarn, a string of cinema hits dating back to the 1940s anda popular online game. “‘Journey to the West’ is a story full of imagination,” Chow toldAFP. Branded Headphones
“The plot is beyond any other fantasy,” added the Hong Kong-basedstar, who is one of China’s biggest box office draws with filmsincluding “Shaolin Football” (2001) and “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004). As China’s rapidly expanding film industry continues to break newcommercial ground, Chinese filmmakers are increasingly looking toliterary adaptations for their inspiration – with “Journey to theWest” a time-honoured favourite. Chow is putting final touches to his 110 million yuan ($17.3million) adaptation, whose working title is “Journey to the West”and stars Chinese actors Wen Zhang and Shi Qi. It will be the thirdtime he has used it as source material for a film. It will come up against another version featuring heavyweights ChowYun-fat and Donnie Yen in the Soi Cheang-directed 3D epic “TheMonkey King”, costing an estimated 400 million yuan and which isalso in post-production. Beats By Dr Dre Wireless Headphones Manufacturer
Chow’s fascination with the ancient text was first fuelled 30 yearsago when he watched a grainy, black-and-white Cantonese filmversion of the tale in his local cinema house. “I think the reason it is still relevant nowadays – and peoplestill find it attractive – is all down to its imagination. Untilnow I still don’t see it being surpassed.” It is the sheer scale of the source material available in theoriginal text that has Chow returning to those pages once again. “The story is so creative. Yet it is so orderly arranged andstructured. Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Manufacturer
On the one hand the creative process is just as free asa bird but on the other hand the framework of the story is verywell organised. This is very unique.”.