JUST ADDED – MONKEY KING – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – The New York International Children’s Film Festival is thrilled to present this sumptuous new frame-for-frame restoration and 3D rendering of the Wan Laiming masterpiece, a national treasure and China’s most celebrated and accomplished work of animation.
Composed of gorgeously flowing animation created by hand from over 130,000 ink drawings and an opulent soundtrack inspired by the Beijing Opera, the film follows the adventures of the magical Monkey King of Flower Fruit Mountain, a mischievous character who creates havoc by refusing to bow down to the authority of the Celestial Jade Emperor. After stealing a magic staff from the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea, the cheeky Monkey King challenges the established order of heaven, freeing horses from the imperial stables, disrupting imperial banquets, and entering into epic battle with one colorful god after another. This is a truly stunning work of animation and mythological storytelling, far surpassing anything China has produced before or since.
The film will play Sat, Mar 10, 11:00am and Weds, Mar 21, 6:30pm at Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.