Shaw Brothers adaptation of the Journey to the West series starting with the first of four films, The Monkey Goes West.
Yueh Hua plays the Monkey King with Ho Fan as Monk Tang Tseng, Pang Pang as the Pig and Tien Shun as Sandy Friar.
Nice special effects, goofy monsters and good performance by Yueh Hua as the Monkey King makes the film, mostly enjoyable but it's too long and the musical numbers starts to irritate you after a while. I can't believe that I said after watching some Shaws Huangmei Operas and musicals.
It will be a good idea to be familiar with the Journey to the West saga otherwise you might be lost on what's happening onscreen.
I hope the remaining three films are not as painful as this one...
Watched in Mandarin with English subtitles.
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