The protagonist of Conquering The Demons is not the spotlight-hogging Monkey King – whose ironically unimpressive image is unveiled at the movie’s final showdown as an awkwardly hilarious sight gag – but a younger Xuan Zang before he makes the titular pilgrimage. As a demon-hunter with minimal martial arts skills, the character is guided only by an unwavering belief in the inherent goodness of every evil being: he strives to awaken the demons’ sense of innocence by singing from his treasured book of 300 Nursery Rhymes. Aided by the original character Miss Duan, a beautiful yet totally fierce fellow demon-hunter who’s fallen hopelessly in love with him, Xuan Zang spends the duration of the film consecutively conquering the three demons that will eventually become his famed disciples: a fish demon (which inspires a few Piranha-like sequences), a pig demon (whose exceedingly ugly look leads to a couple of very gross kisses) and a monkey demon aka the Monkey King.
|Theatrical Release:||February 7th, 2013 (Wide), released as Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (China)|
|Keywords:||Demons, Martial Arts, First Love, chinese mythology, Fantasy Sequence|
|Source:||Based on Folk Tale/Legend/Fairytale|
|Production Method:||Live Action|