Monday, August 08, 2011

Monkey King!

Long ago, my dad was part of a group that went to Mainland China (not Taiwan). One of the many fantastic things he brought back was a collection of English-language children's books. Havoc in Heaven was one of them.

I read the book over and over as a kid. I knew there was a movie of it, but I figured I would never see it because it was in China and I was in the States.

I love living in the future.

The Monkey King comes from the classic text Journey to the West. His name in the text is Sun Wukong, but we're just going to call him Monkey King.

Part of why the Monkey King has to help a monk get scriptures from India is that he rebelled against heaven. Granted, he kicked ass.

Jamie has actually done an opera for this and it's live action.

I look forward to the DVD. I hope it's subtitled in English.

You might have noticed that Monkey King had a couple buddies in that last piece. This is where they came from. And THAT is from the show...

MONKEY MAGIC. Drink in the 70s goodness.

As live-action goes, MONKEY wasn't as bad as some of the other versions that have come out.

There is worse out there.

Monkey King had many adventures, some in Italian.

We're pretty sure there's a new version of the Monkey King every year.


And to think, it's all about a monk getting new Buddhist texts because he thought he had a crummy translation. That's a pretty geeky reason to have something so cool.

And no, I am not going to talk about GODDAMNED DRAGON DALL.


Chris Sobieniak said...

I've had this on DVD for years actually (with English subs).

Dr. Mila said...

Nnnnnggg! The Dragon King is such a little pussy! He's always running off to heaven, asking for help.