China Onscreen Biennial: The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D (大闹天宫 3D) West Coast Premiere
Part of the UCLA Confucius Institute's inaugural China Onscreen Biennial （银幕中国双年展）project, an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among seven distinguished American educational and cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film. October 13-31, Los Angeles | October 26-11, Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Director: Su Da, Chen Zhihong. Producer: Ren Zhonglun, Frederic Rose, Wang Tianyun, Qian Jianping. Musical Arrangement: Shi Jiayang. Sound: Liang Yingjun. Restoration: Tom Burton. 3D Conversion Director: Pierre Routhier. Cast: Li Yang, Chen Daoming, Chen Kaige, Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Guoli.
1961-1964 Two-Part Original
Director: Wan Laiming, Tang Cheng. Screenwriter: Li Kerou, Wan Laiming. Based on Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. Cinematographer: Wang Shirong, Duan Xiaoxuan. Production Designer: Zhang Guangyu, Zhang Zhengyu. Editor: Xu Zhenzu. Composer: Wu Yingju. Animation Design: Yang Dingxian, Duan Jun, Pu Jiaxiang, Lu Qing, Lin Wenxiao, Ge Guiyun. Backgrounds: Fang Pengnian, Gao Yang, Qin Yizhen, Liang Like.
One of the most famous characters in Chinese mythology, the Monkey King is the hero of Wan Laiming and Tang Cheng’s two-part animated feature from the 1960s. A beloved landmark of Chinese animation, Wan and Tang’s masterpiece returns to theaters after a painstaking and dazzling 3D makeover led by experts at Los Angeles-based Technicolor.
A playful, trickster figure, the Monkey King leaves chaos in his wake wherever he goes, from the Dragon King’s palace in the Eastern Sea to the heavenly halls of the Celestial Emperor himself. These ethereal worlds come to life through vibrant animation set to a soundtrack inspired by Beijing Opera and a new cast of voice actors that includes China’s top live-action directors. The respectfully rendered 3D heightens the film’s enchanting spell. – Paul Malcolm
3D DCP, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 92 min.
Tickets: $5 general admission. $3 Academy members and students with valid ID. On sale beginning October 1 at www.oscars.org, or at the Academy Box Office located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
Parking: Complimentary in the Academy’s lot adjacent to the Pickford Center; enter off Homewood, one block north of Fountain. Parking facilities close 30 minutes after the conclusion of an event.
Sponsor(s): Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies