The Monkey King is a 2016 Hong Kong-Chinese fantasy film based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. The film was shot in 3D and is a sequel to the 2014 box office hit The Monkey King with Cheang Pou-soi returning as director and Sammo Hung as action director, who replaces Donnie Yen’s role from the previous installment. The film stars Aaron Kwok, who portrayed the main antagonist in the previous installment, as the film’s titular protagonist, who also replaces Yen from the previous installment. It was released in the United States on 5 February, in Hong Kong on 6 February and in China on 8 February 2016, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday period.
500 years after Sun Wukong’s (Aaron Kwok) imprisonment under the Five Fingers Mountain, a young Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) is sent on a journey to India to collect Buddha’s scriptures. On his travels he accidentally frees Wukong and the Monkey King learns from the Mercy Goddess (Kelly Chen) that he has to protect the monk throughout the journey. They also meet Zhu Baije (Xiaoshenyang), a lustful pig demon, and Sha Wujing (Him Law), a djinn-like monk. All three demons accept Sanzang as their Master.
The company travel to the Yun Hai Xi Kingdom, a land terrorized by the White Bone Demon (Gong Li) who snatches children. As the demoness learns about Sanzang, she decides to eat him in order to stop her reincarnation cycle and achieve everlasting demon-hood. She transforms into an old woman and beguiles the group into her cottage in the woods. While her minions lure the three demons into the forest, the demoness tells Sanzang a story about how she was forced to marry as a young girl, and when her village suffered with famine, the people blamed her for it, even calling her an evil demon, and wanted to sacrifice her to the gods. As Sanzang comforts the old lady, she attempts to kill him, but is stopped by Wukong who had seen through her disguise with his Fiery Eyes. He kills the old lady and the demoness escapes. Sanzang and the others don’t believe Wukong that all the women he murdered were demons, and blame him fo