Chinese filmmakers have an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink mentality when it comes to vfx. They just keep packing them into every free inch of the screen, and often do so with little regard for how all the effects fit together. Or at least it can seem that way when watching their films.
The films can be a spectacular overload of clashing textures and patterns, odd cartoon timing, and lots of happy accidents that don’t happen in the more refined–and confined—world of western vfx. You can see a solid example of this in the new trailer for Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, opening in China next Saturday, January 28, which is Chinese New Year and a profitable time for film releases.
Directed by the acclaimed Tsui Hark and written by Stephen Chow, Journey to the West is a sequel to Chow’s 2013 smash Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Both, of course, are based on the classic Chinese stories from Journey to the West, which were first published in the 16th century.