Released in cinemas during the 2016 Lunar New Year holiday, The Monkey King 2
continues the blockbuster fantasy epic based on the oft-adapted literary classic Journey to the West
. Aaron Kwok, who played the Buffalo Demon King in Soi Cheang's 2014 film, dons the monkey suit to play the powerful and mischievous Monkey King Sun Wukong in the sequel, while William Feng (Wolf Totem
) joins the series as the monk who leads them on the journey to the west. With a darker story and improved visual effects, The Monkey King 2
is bigger and better, and covers some of the saga's most famous chapters including the encounter with the White Bone Demon, stunningly portrayed by Gong Li.
Five hundred years after raising havoc in heaven, Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok) is released from his mountain prison by monk Xuanzang (William Feng) who has been tasked by the Goddess of Mercy to retrieve holy sutras from the Western Region. To atone for their sins, Wukong and his fellow disciples, river ogre Sha Wujing (Him Law, Young and Dangerous: Reloaded) and amorous pig demon Zhu Baijie (comedian Xiao Shenyang, The Grandmaster), are to accompany and protect Xuanzang on this long and dangerous pilgrimage. However, many perils await them on the road including the notorious, shape-shifting demoness Lady White (Gong Li) who has set her eyes on Xuanzang's flesh.