Post by galvatron prime on Jul 9, 2015 6:22:35 GMT
Monk Comes Down the Mountain
Monk Comes Down the Mountain (Chinese: 道士下山) is an Chinese comedy-fantasy-adventure film directed by Chen Kaige and starring Wang Baoqiang, Aaron Kwok and Chang Chen, Lin Chi-ling, Fan Wei, Yuen Wah, Vanness Wu, Wang Xueqi, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan, Lam Suet and Dong Qi. It is based on the best-selling novel Dao Shi Xia Shan (A Monk Comes Down the Mountain) by Xu Haofeng.Filming started in March 2014 on location in Xianghe, China’s Hebei Province. The film was released on July 3, 2015. It will be available in IMAX 3D.
Cast Wang Baoqiang
Danny Chan Kwok-kwan
Box office The film earned US$28 million in its 3-day opening and US$38.25 million in its 4-day opening weekend in China, debuting at first place at the Chinese box office and fourth place at the international box office behind Hollywood films Terminator Genisys, Minions and Jurassic World.
Haven't seen it yet. The trailers seemed promising to me since I spotted some scenes from the novel. HOWEVER so far according to the critics it seems this film didn't do well. Some on the net have joked it as The Promise Pt. 2.
Seems like Xu's works are simply not adaptable or the directors/scriptwriters just don't know how to transfer them to the big screen. Including the author himself (as shown in The Sword Identity and Arrow Arbitration). Later this year Master will be out. Probably it'll be better?
Xu also made a TV series on an Escort Agency, called "鏢門". I watched the 1st episode and it seemed decent and had a slightly different style than The Sword Identity. Maybe Xu has finally learned how to express his ideas more better. Not sure if I have time to watch Master in the theaters or have to wait until it hits cable.
I didn't read the novel, so, I have nothing to compare to. As a standalone movie, I like it very much. It's a quirky film, with weird characters (some likable, some not), exaggerated fight sequences, whimsical scenery and some touching moments.
It's no a movie for everyone. People who like realism and logic in their movies would not this film.
Btw, I like 'The Promise' and I think this movie is one step up from it.