Stephen Chow produces new installment for Journey to the West, this time Director Tsui Hark is sitting in the director's seat. The movie is scheduled to be released 28 January 2017.
The story takes place before Tang Sanzang got his disciples and embarked on the Journey to the West.
A riverside village is terrorized by a mysterious underwater creature. A Taoist priest kills a giant manta ray and insists that it is the demon. Sanzang, a self-proclaimed demon hunter, appears to warn the villagers that the animal is not the true demon. The villagers ignore him and, at the priest's provocation, strings him up. The demon reemerges and kills many of villagers. Sanzang frees himself and, along with the survivors, manages to beach the creature, which turns into a man. Sanzang then opens a book of nursery rhymes and begins singing to the demon. Annoyed, the demon attacks Sanzang. Another demon hunter, Duan, captures and turns the demon into a puppet. Sanzang tells to Duan that his master taught him a more humane approach and to use nursery rhymes to coax goodness out of demons, a tactic Duan scoffs at. Disillusioned, Sanzang meets his master and bemoans his lack of capabilities compared to more aggressive demon-hunters. His master reaffirms his humanist philosophy sends Sanzang off again to find "enlightenment."
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