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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Stunning First Look: Chow Yun Fat as the Jade Emperor in the upcoming 3D fantasy "The Monkey King"


A Stunning First Look:

Chow Yun Fat as Jade Emperor in

The Monkey King 3D


The team behind the upcoming 3D fantasy extravaganza, "The Monkey King" (July 7, 2012), has finally unveiled the long anticipated look of one of the key characters, the Jade Emperor, played by one of the most popular and talented Chinese actors in film history, Chow Yun Fat. And it's utterly fantastic!

The Jade Emperor, in Chinese folk culture, is the Taoist ruler of Heaven and all realms of existence below including that of Man and Hell, according to a version of Taoist mythology. He is one of the most important gods of the Chinese traditional religion pantheon.

The traditional Jade Emperor often sits in the Lingxiao Hall, dressed in a golden dragon robe like ancient emperors. Yet, Fat Gor's costume has the daring change from gold to silver with a dragon head scepter in emperor's hand. The costume is a mix of the East and the West and has the royalty of the three worlds. Luckily, Chow Yun Fat's Jade Emperor won't be all talk and no action. Fat Gor will lead the gods in battle, and the dragon head scepter in his hand would be the Jade Emperor's ultimate weapon. As for why the dragon head scepter, art director Daniel Fu Dung explained: "Mainly the dragon head scepter is more regal than weapons like swords and has more weight to it. It is even more able to embody the Jade Emperor's identity as the ruler of three worlds". (via HKSAR Film)

The "The Monkey King 3D" is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng'en's novel, "Journey to the West", and will tell the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven. For the 3-D shoot, Filmko recruited Hollywood talents. The crew includes David Ebner ("Alice in Wonderland", "Spider-Man 3"), who will serve as visual effects supervisor for the film and Shaun Smith ("The Forbidden Kingdom", "300", "I Am Legend"), who will be the special make-up supervisor. Donnie Yen who will play the title role of The Monkey King, will also serves as the film's action director. Production began in Beijing on 18 October 2010 and will be filmed in IMAX 3D.

6 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Photoshoped! But it still looks utterly fantastic :)

Nebular said...

Jaccs, of course it's photoshoped - it's a concept art, not an actual photo. Beautifully-photoshoped though ;)

Nicole✗✗ said...

Very beautiful picture. I can already imagine this film looking amazing in IMAX 3D. This isn't typically a film I would see but I might give it a try for the visuals. Who knows I might enjoy it.

You are simply amazing! How sweet are you?! You totally made my day and that’s pretty big since it was Valentines Day! Now if only I could see that in myself.
Don’t worry I spent my Valentines alone as well. Whatever, Valentines Day can be overrated for the most part.
Have a great day!

Nebular said...

Nicole, well, not as sweet as you, girl :) You possess this type of exotic beauty, which I absolutely adore. Plus, you have a lovely personality and you're a super-cool chick :) Yep, totally overrated. Not that I'm not romantic or anything, but it's just an ordinary day for Christ sake! :) Oh, and I just can't stand the hype. Ha-ha :) So we were alone but we both felt good, which is great.

Ah, now back to topic. Glad you liked the photo - it's simply breathtaking! I'm very into both fantasy and martial arts, so I'm burning in anticipation about this one.

Anonymous said...

Awesome

Nebular said...

Awesome,indeed. :)