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king Sun Wukong is played by Hong Kong star Aaron Kwok and actor Feng Shaofeng plays Xuanzang.
“When people thought Aaron and I were discussing the script, we were actually talking about Aaron’s super racers collected over the years,” Feng says of the bond the two actors share.
Zhu Bajie is played by the famous comedian Xiaoshenyang, who says that he was initially worried about portraying the legendary character.
“Nevertheless I decided to go overboard and challenge the character as well as myself. It takes all of us almost 10 hours on makeup ever day, but all the effort has paid back.”
Directed by Hong Kong director Cheang Pou-soi, Monkey King 2 is in production at Wuxi Studios. The 3-D epic movie’s crew consists of an international production team and uses the advanced Cameron Pace Group’s 3-D cameras, rarely adopted for film shoots in Asia.
Based on the special effects of the previous movie, Tian doubts if people can expect much improvement in the recent future.
“Fantasy movies in China are ‘pseudofantasy’. To keep all the film stars presentable, they cannot break through the technical bottleneck,” Tian adds.
On the other hand, Filmko Entertainment CEO Wang Haifeng promises: “We did have problems in Monkey King 1. This time the 11 producing companies and 800 staff will definitely work on improving the production.”