Ask anyone you know and at least nine out of ten people would say that they’ve seen Journey to the West
in whatever shape or form.
Who can ever forget the legendary Monkey King?
To revive your memory, here’s a quick background of the story just in case you can’t seem to remember (But… how can you not?!).
Journey to the West
tells the classic tale of a Buddhist monk and three fallen gods with mystical powers.
The original story was birthed from a Chinese novel written by Wu Cheng’en that dates all the way back to the 16th century during the Ming dynasty.
The novel is also considered one of the ‘Four Great Classical Novels’ of Chinese literature.
With such a great story, Journey to the West
was remade into multiple versions for TV and movies over the decades.
One particular version created by a Japanese studio in 1978, Monkey Magic
quickly became a favourite among Western audience, in which the monk was played by a female character.
Almost 40 years later, Netflix decided to produce its own retelling of the epic Chinese tale in its new 10-part series titled Legend of the Monkey
However, many people weren’t exactly thrilled when the announcement was made mainly because of the fact that the cast are… not Chinese.
Naturally, this piece of news created quite a stir amongst Chinese audiences everywhere.
Loyal fans of the original Journey
also took to Twitter to voice their displeasure:
Interestingly, some people also pointed out that Chai Hansen, who plays the iconic role of the Monkey, is half-Thai, and two of the other male characters Luciane Buchanan and Josh Thomson are of Maori descent.
Still, they’re not Chinese.
The series follows a teenage girl named Tripitaka who is accompanied by three fallen gods, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy on a journey to the west (LOL) to fight demonic chaos and terror and restore balance to the world.
We’re not sure how this series will pan out given that the casting could have been much better.
We’ll find out when Legend of the Monkey
airs in 2018.