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The Monkey King 2 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Gong Li (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | William Feng (Actor)
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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 Bull 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, improved visual effects and action direction by Sammo Hung, 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.

This edition comes with seven postcards and special features (making-of, trailer, theme song music video).

Note: 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player and 3D glasses are required to view the 3D version of the film.

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Product Title: The Monkey King 2 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 西遊記之孫悟空三打白骨精 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D限量版) (香港版) 西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D限量版) (香港版) 西遊記之孫悟空三打白骨精 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D限定盤) (香港版) The Monkey King 2 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Aaron Kwok (Actor) | Gong Li (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | William Feng (Actor) | Kelly Chen (Actor) | Fei Hsiang (Kris Phillips) (Actor) | Ching Tung (Actor) | Wei Lu (Actor) | Peng Yu (Actor) | Him Law (Actor) | Zhang Zi Mu (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 鞏 俐 (Actor) | 小 瀋陽 (Actor) | 馮 紹峰 (Actor) | 陳慧琳 (Actor) | 費翔 (Actor) | 程 東 (Actor) | 魏璐 (Actor) | 彭宇 (Actor) | 羅仲謙 (Actor) | 張 籽沐 (Actor) 郭富城 (Actor) | 巩 俐 (Actor) | 小 渖阳 (Actor) | 冯 绍峰 (Actor) | 陈慧琳 (Actor) | 费翔 (Actor) | 程 东 (Actor) | 魏璐 (Actor) | 彭宇 (Actor) | 罗仲谦 (Actor) | 张 籽沐 (Actor) 郭富城 (アーロン・コック) (Actor) | 鞏俐(コン・リー) (Actor) | 小瀋陽 (シャオシェンヤン) (Actor) | 馮紹峰(ウィリアム・フォン) (Actor) | 陳慧琳(ケリー・チャン) (Actor) | 費翔 (クリス・フィリップス) (Actor) | Cheng Dong (Actor) | Wei Lu (Actor) | Peng Yu (Actor) | Him Law (Actor) | Zhang Zi Mu (Actor) 곽부성 (Actor) | 공리 (Actor) | Xiao Shen Yang (Actor) | 풍소봉 (Actor) | Kelly Chen (Actor) | 크리스 필립스 (Actor) | Cheng Dong (Actor) | Wei Lu (Actor) | Peng Yu (Actor) | 나중겸 (Actor) | Zhang Zi Mu (Actor)
Director: Soi Cheang 鄭保瑞 郑保瑞 鄭保瑞 (ソイ・チェン) 소이 청
Action Director: Sammo Hung 洪金寶 洪金宝 洪金寶(サモ・ハン・キンポー) Sammo Hung
Producer: Kiefer Liu (Agan) | WANG HAI FENG 阿甘 | 王海峰 阿甘 | 王海峰 阿甘(アーガン) | WANG HAI FENG Kiefer Liu (Agan) | WANG HAI FENG
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2016-04-13
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC, [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen, 1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1
Sound Information: 7.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 50 GB - Double Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 120 (mins)
Publisher: Kam & Ronson Enterprises Co Ltd
Package Weight: 145 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1049445246

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* Special Features:
1. Trailer
2. Making of
3. Music Video

500 years after the havoc in heaven, Xuanzang, the Tang Priest, is appointed by the Buddha to go to the West to Fetch the Buddhist scriptures. By accident, Xuangzang undoes the Buddha’s spell on Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. Wukong brought under control by a gold hoop given by the Mercy Goddess. He has no choice but to accept the mission to escort Xuanzang to the Wes. Despite his reluctance, Wukong cuts paths all the way and dutifully helps to subdue Bajie and Sha. But the hoop on this head, effective with his master’s restrictive incantation, always remains a vexation for Wukong.

Lady White Bone Spirit from the White Tiger Ridge aims to kill and eat Xuanzang’s golden body for evading her doom of reincarnation from a demon to any other creature. After dealing with the four, White Bone spirit has an insight into the barrier between Wukong and Xuanzang. So she designs traps to foment discord between them. Humiliated mistakenly, Wukong still fights on with both strength and wit. But Xuanzang can’t see through the real identity of White Bone, and their relationship is thus broken off as she planned…..

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Awards

This film has won 2 award(s) and received 3 award nomination(s).
  • Hong Kong Films Awards 2017
    • Best Art Direction Nomination
    • Best Costume & Make Up Design Winner
    • Best Action Choreography Nomination
    • Best Sound Design Nomination
    • Best Visual Effects Winner
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Professional Review of "The Monkey King 2 (2016) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D Limited Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 20, 2016

Aaron Kwok returns in The Monkey King 2 – but hey, wasn't he the bad guy last time? No matter. Continuity be damned, Kwok takes on the mantle of Sun Wukong in this sequel to the 2014 fantasy epic The Monkey King, which starred martial arts superstar Donnie Yen in the title role. The casting switch is inspired for a number of reasons. For one, Kwok was unremarkable as antagonist King Bull, so it's not like him playing the hero here causes much dissonance. Moreover, Kwok brings the Monkey King's character to life better than Donnie Yen did. Yen was playful but too cuddly, while Kwok excels at both the Monkey's bashful mischievousness and his darker sides. Also, thanks to some creative makeup and costume design, Kwok manages to look like a monkey and himself, which is a step up from Donnie Yen's very simian-looking Sun Wukong. All around, the Yen-to-Kwok move is an improvement, and the movie is better than its predecessor too. Wow, when will the compliments end?

They won't but don't get too carried away. All things considered, The Monkey King 2 is competent if not very compelling Lunar New Year entertainment – basically an unassuming blockbuster that does its job cleanly without the issues plaguing other big-budget VFX-infused fantasy films like Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal or The White-Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom. Monkey King 2 kicks off the fateful meeting between the monk Xuanzhang (William Feng) and Sun Wukong (Kwok), as Xuanzhang frees Wukong from his prison beneath Five Elements Mountain. From then on, Wukong is tasked with protecting Xuanzhang on his journey to the west and, after some initial antagonism, the two are joined by demons Baijie a.k.a. Piggy (Xiao Shenyang) and Wujing a.k.a. Sandy (Him Law). Now complete, the group runs afoul of the film's main villain: Lady White a.k.a. the White Bone Devil (Gong Li), who wishes to consume Xuanzhang's flesh to remain immortal and not have to go through that pesky resurrection thing.

What follows are numerous encounters between Lady White and our four heroes as she attempts to wrest Xuanzhang from their protection. Distracting Baijie, who lusts after Lady White's female companions, and Wujing, who's more brawn than brain, is easy but Wukong is another matter. Thanks to his "fiery eyes", Wukong can see through illusions so Lady White uses the Monkey's violent nature as a means of sowing strife. Wukong often lashes out at villains that only he can see, causing Xuanzhang to punish him by shrinking his golden headband and causing him pain. This distrust between Wukong and Xuanzhang is the film's primary emotional conflict, with second place going to Xuanzhang's attempts at redeeming Lady White from her evil. Added up, this is a solid if unremarkable storyline that works thanks to good performances from Aaron Kwok and William Feng, whose Xuanzhang is sanctimonious but compellingly sincere. Xiao Shenyang is annoying but effective as comic relief while Him Law is surprisingly adept at playing muscular, blue-skinned supporting characters with little dialogue.

The key is Gong Li as Lady White. Gong's regal bearing and withering gazes are perfectly appropriate to an immortal antagonist like Lady White, and Gong brings sympathy to the character too. Whenever she appears onscreen the film's pace slows, but that's great because it allows the actress – who commonly appears in more prestigious or high-minded fare – to use her abundant skills for something a little more fanciful. Gong's drawn-out scenes don't fully cover up one nagging plot hole – i.e., whenever she corners Xuanzhang, she monologues or hesitates instead of just eating him right away, thereby allowing Wukong time to man up and ride to the rescue. However, this storytelling trope is common to commercial filmmaking (Roger Ebert calls it the Fallacy of the Talking Killer) and hey, the time spent with Gong Li is totally worth it even if she does consistently overshadow Aaron Kwok and William Feng. Gong's presence in this sequel raises it to a higher level, which is more than could be said for Kwok and Chow Yun-Fat's presence in the first Monkey King.

Besides being a Gong Li showcase, Monkey King 2 suffices as a quality visual effects extravaganza. The production is set-bound like its predecessor but manages to make its digital environments more immersive and effective. It helps that the characters never visit Heaven, which looked terrible in the first Monkey King, and the film shows a nice sense of scale during the final confrontation between Sun Wukong and a very large CGI skeleton. Sammo Hung's action is mostly of the "flying around in the air while fighting" variety but the action possesses a better flow and more intricate choreography than the first film. If the whole thing feels a little routine, that's OK because it's well within expectation for a fantasy action movie. Director Soi Cheang doesn't create a memorable film but he does enough to make it reasonable to root for Aaron Kwok, William Feng and company to return in a few years for The Monkey King 3. Maybe they can get Donnie Yen back to play the bad guy.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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