Get ready for masterful and astonishing martial arts sequences that elevate the art of physical combat to a new level as this fable of good versus evil unfolds. Boss Zha Chang Chen,Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , an opera singer with a knack for spears as well as Zhou Xiyu Asian pop superstar, Aaron Kwok , a broom wielding Taoist. While the script is episodic and meandering, the film is nevertheless a fine piece of storytelling, and a rare example of a modern Chinese blockbuster that doesn't patronise its audience too much. The actors tend to play caricatures, but they do them well, from Chang Chen's glowering badass to Aaron Kwok's venerable master to Lin Chiling's adulterous wife, who's bursting with buttoned-up sexuality. There's compelling material to be found in the juxtaposition between martial arts idealism and human reality, and the fanciful, slightly exaggerated mise-en-scène makes the darker elements murder, blood, sin go down easier.
Prices in other currencies are shown for reference only. The monk finds himself immersed in a deadly battle to protect both the book and his master. Fifth Generation Chinese cinema auteur Chen Kaige returns with his first film in three years in the straightforwardly-titled Monk Comes Down the Mountain. Also, the lengthy action scenes, while genuinely entertaining, don't comment on the genre like those in The Sword Identity. That film revealed grand-sounding martial arts techniques to be pretentious and even ridiculous by showing them in a grounded, satirical manner. He's journey is told episodically as he encounters one learned master after the other, starting with doctor Cui Daoning Fan Wei and moving to monk Rusong Wang Xueqi before settling into apprenticeships with martial artists Zhou Xiyu Aaron Kwok and Boss Zha Chang Chen.
However, whenever each episode starts up, He seems back to his innocent, gee-whiz self, which makes the character and narrative seem disconnected. He Anxin ends up performing some dark acts himself, and should logically change as a result. The rare book is coveted by a sinister father and son who will go to any extremes to obtain it. Rusong, in particular, brings a strong Buddhist ethos to the film, and it's easy to see how the filmmakers use these clashes between the secular and the spiritual worlds to illuminate the genre and its characters. For Monk, he certainly managed to assemble a top drawer cast, headlined by Wang Baoqiang Kung Fu Jungle in the title role, joined by a stellar supporting roster that includes Aaron Kwok Cold War , Chang Chen Helios , Lin Chi Ling Who Is Undercover , Fan Wei Personal Tailor , Yuen Wah Ip Man , Vanness Wu Dragon Blade , Jaycee Chan The Sun Also Rises and Wang Xueqi Caught in the Web.
Get ready for masterful and jaw-dropping fight sequences that elevate the art of physical combat to a new level as this fable of good versus evil unfolds. As he faces the trials, tribulations and seduction of the real world for the first time, he encounters many masters along the way. Based on a novel of the same name by writer-filmmaker Xu Haofeng The Sword Identity, the screenplay for The Grandmaster , Monk — like much of Xu's oeuvre — deconstructs the martial arts genre by taking its themes and iconography and diffusing them through an earthly lens. He witnesses firsthand the complicated relationship between a doctor Fan Wei , his wife Lin Chi Ling and his brother Vanness Wu , makes the acquaintance of a strange master-pupil duo and gets embroiled in a quest for vengeance. The film is one of the better looking Chinese blockbusters of late, with some convincing period sets and costumes, and great use of computer effects and fantasy touches that for once complement rather than drown the set pieces. Action Comedy When a young monk is forced to leave his impoverished monastery, he relies on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. Wang Baoqiang plays a young monk called He An Xia, the film opening with him being told to leave the mountain monastery where he grew up as an orphan, the abbot telling him that his skills are strong enough for him to make his way in the outside world.
There's a sense of confidence and fun to Chen's direction, and while the film does shift from lightweight caper to something more serious and thoughtful in its later stages, it never loses its energy and old-fashioned sense of adventure. These inconsistencies make Monk Comes Down the Mountain into less than it could have been, though it still qualifies as an entertaining and sometimes thoughtful spectacle. Though far from being a classic, Monk Comes Down the Mountain is several notches above most other Chinese period blockbusters of the last few years, and definitely a superior Chen Kaige offering. Get ready for masterful and jaw-dropping Taoist. Based on Xu Haofeng's best-selling novel of the same name, the wuxia fantasy adventure boasts an all-star cast that includes Wang Baoqiang Kung Fu Jungle , Aaron Kwok Cold War , Chang Chen Helios , Lin Chi Ling Who Is Undercover , Fan Wei Personal Tailor , Yuen Wah Ip Man , Vanness Wu Dragon Blade , Jaycee Chan The Sun Also Rises and Wang Xueqi Caught in the Web. At the same time, whatever He learns doesn't seem to have a lasting effect on his personality. A variety of different master-disciple and father-son relationships and dynamics drive the film, and each is interesting in its own way, pushing the story forward without too many clumsily inserted life lessons.
As he faces the trials, tribulations and seduction of the real world for the first time, he encoutners many masters along the way: Boss Zha Chang Chen, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drageon , an opera singer with a knack for spears, as well as Zhou Xiyu Asian pop superstar Aaron Kwok , a broom-wielding Taoist. Along the way, He meets many saints and sinners, witnesses both good and evil, and even becomes a sinner himself. Boss Zha Chang Chen,Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon , an opera singer with a knack for spears as well as Zhou Xiyu Asian pop superstar, Aaron Kwok , a broom wielding Taoist. Taking place in 1930s China, this period comedy-adventure concerns monk He Anxia Wang Baoqiang , who leaves his monastery and is challenged to remain true to himself while travelling through the far-from-pure secular world. In the past, Chen has clearly struggled to turn his hand to more populist box office fare, being far more comfortable with Cultural Revolution allegories, so it's somewhat of a pleasant surprise to find Monk seeing him successfully marrying his approach with something more commercially-friendly. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique.
After he descends the mountain, An Xia is confronted with a strange, fantastical world. Wang Baoqiang gives the film a considerable boost in this regard, turning in a great performance that's far more likeable and balanced than any of his other work of late. Ku Huen Chu's choreography is solid and slick, and though some of the fight scenes could have perhaps done with a little less stylising and slow motion, the action comes thick and fast, with some great duels and mass brawls. By offering commentary on the martial arts genre and serving up cool martial arts scenes, Chen Kaige is trying to have his cake and eat it too. .
© The content on this page was originally created by YesAsia. He Anxin is like an innocent child who's exposed to good and bad influences, and while he sometimes registers affect from his encounters, he ultimately doesn't change all that much. Through Daoning, He is introduced to lust and betrayal; through Xiyu, He encounters virtue and austerity; and through Ruson, He finds temptation and greater understanding. While there's admittedly not much to the film, and its lack of real depth may make some long for Chen's previous ability when on form to explore modern China, it works very well as a personal journey yarn, and the ups and downs of An Xia's winding path make for engaging viewing. Each stop on He's journey brings him new knowledge and insight into the world. As well as an impressive cast, the film was clearly blessed with a large budget, and Chen makes sure that all the money is there onscreen through some fantastic visuals and handsome production values. A naïve and troublesome, though essentially good-hearted fellow, An Xia ends up working in the household of aging medicine man Tsui Daoning Fan Wei caught up in a complicated relationship triangle between him, his beautiful wife Yuzhen Lin Chi Ling and his playboy brother Daorong Vanness Wu.
The film benefits from remaining firmly focused on An Xia, and the big name supporting cast are all the more effective for being used with a modicum of restraint. A young monk embarks on an adventurous journey after being kicked out of his monastery. There's an incongruity here in filmmaker intent and actual execution. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. This turns out to be just the start of An Xia's tale, as he encounters a series of odd characters and martial artists, all following their own schemes and quests of vengeance.
The monk finds himself immersed in a deadly battle to protect both the book and his master. Anchored by some believable character development, the film sees its protagonist progressing through a number of stages and realisations in an unforced manner, making its last act stabs at philosophy easier to swallow. He Anxin may be the star of the movie, but the movie is perhaps not about him. In that way, He Anxin functions similar to Forrest Gump, in that the character is used to reveal and satirize aspects of the world around him. To compensate for this superficiality, the film offers voiceover that explicates story themes and even He Anxin's character arc — though it sometimes reaches conclusions that don't seem to match He's onscreen behavior.