Journey to the West, the great classical Chinese novel, is getting yet another animated adaptation. The cg feature Journey to the West: Reincarnation of the Demon King is due to come out in China on May 1, and a new trailer has dropped in the meantime.
The story centers on the Monkey King, a beloved character from the novel, who appears here in a more somber — even melancholic — guise than usual. The new trailer has him in the grip of a moral crisis, as he grapples with his own demonhood: “I am a demon — a demon who does evil things.” From what we’ve seen, the film promises action aplenty, too. Watch the (fansubbed) trailer below.
Reincarnation of the Demon King was produced by Filmko Pictures, which is behind a series of popular live-action features about the Monkey King, and Its-Cartoon. The director is Yunfei Wang. The film was initially slated for 2020, but was delayed.