Journey to the West

'Monkey King' actor hopes to save historic Buddhist temple in Xian

Parts of the Xingjiao Temple in Xian face demolition. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in Journey to the West, has called on the government to wade in on a proposed project to demolish a part of Xingjiao Temple where a revered Tang Dynasty monk is buried.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 3:20pm 1 comment

Film review: Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

We've come to accept Woody Allen movies without Woody Allen. But Stephen Chow Sing-chi comedies without Chow really aren't the same. The performance of the king of mo lei tau is so integral to the humour, it defines it. The jokes are just not the same without the joker.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:55am

Stephen Chow revisits Journey to the West

Shu Qi

As Stephen Chow Sing-chi strolls through his hotel suite, he casts an eye to the right and over a movie poster his public relations team has placed next to the window, and breaks into a wide smile. Yes, he admits after sitting down to talk, an obsession with Journey to the West continues to course through his veins.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:34pm

Kung fu starlet says actors molested her

Rising kung fu starlet Rose Chan Ka-woon made a report to the police and a public complaint yesterday alleging she had been molested by two married actors after a news magazine published pictures of her apparently being pawed by the pair.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Monkey King

Until Jan 30, 7.30pm (also 2pm, Jan 29-30), Cultural Centre

Journey to the West may be one of the best-known stories in Asia, but it's also one that many people largely know nothing about.

'Something to do with a journey to the West,' is often given as an explanation, which is quite understandable, given the complexity and length of the original opus.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Demon makeover

Usually, the Bull Demon King character has this huge nose and looks ugly in films. But this time, our special-effects make-up team has put a lot of time and effort into creating the monster. I have to sit through three-hour make-up sessions every day, while Donnie [Yen Ji-dan, who plays the Monkey King] needs four hours.

14 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Journey to the West

Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe of China stages the Ming dynasty classic novel written by Wu Chengen, about a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India to obtain the sutras. Today, 2.30pm, 7.30pm, Sha Tin Town Hall, 1 Yuen Wo Rd, Sha Tin, HK$120-HK$300 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2268 7323

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Couple 'strong' after sad loss

Actor Dicky Cheung Wai-kin has revealed that his girlfriend Jess Zhang Qian had a miscarriage, but he said they're staying strong, and added, 'Life must go on.'

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Buddhist legacy secures Beijing's backing for Indian institution's rebirth

Nalanda's revival figured prominently in the 10-point agreement President Hu Jintao signed with India to bring the two countries closer together last November. It wasn't wholly unexpected, as Beijing's commitment to the project is rooted in history.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Monkey business

MOST quest stories end with the heroes achieving their goals. But that is not the case with the Buddhist monk Tripitaka and his three disciples, according to a new production of the Chinese fantasy classic Journey to the West.

8 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Under cover

Hong Konger Kris Webb has just signed a contract for the US release of Sacking The Stork, the novel she wrote with her sister, Kathy Wilson. No release date has been set for the story of modern motherhood, but Webb has plenty of time. The Australian mother of two toddlers is within days of handing in the manuscript of her second book, Inheriting Jack.

17 Aug 2003 - 12:00am


It can't hurt to read about home while away on holiday. Best start with City Voices, a collection of post-war Hong Kong writing in English edited by Xu Xi and Mike Ingham.

Hong Kong writers Brandon Royal and Paul Strahan have just released Bars of Steel, the memoir of a teenage Filipina bar dancer in Wan Chai.

27 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Tripitaka - Beyond The Legend

Heavy on text as well as spiritual and philosophical themes, Tripitaka - Beyond The Legend is no light, after-dinner entertainment. So why it is being packaged as such is anyone's guess.

9 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Amazing stage show combines best from the East and West

Given a choice, would you rather read the Chinese literary classic Journey To The West or watch a live dance performance with lots of colour, music and wit?

Our advice is that you should read the masterpiece at least once, but it will do you no harm in catching the re-run of Journey to the West - Monkey King Thrice Beats the Bony Ghost.

26 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Magical tales

The costume drama Dark Tales (Pearl, 8.30pm), the replacement for Journey to the West, was, like its predecessor, made first for the Jade channel.

TVB proudly points out that the series is one of the most ambitious it has ever undertaken, with a starry cast and lots of expensive location shooting and special effects.

7 Aug 1998 - 12:00am