Video: Chinese Monkey King Folk Tale Retold by Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett

15 Jun
2010

One thing usually leads to another when perusing the internets and we came across this animated video from Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett retelling the Chinese Monkey King folk tale.

This video is a BBC advert from the Bejing Olympics 2008.

The story behind the Monkey King is as follows (via): He was born out of a rock that had been dormant for ages in Flower Fruit Mountain that was inhabited/weathered by the sun and moon until a monkey sprang forth, the rock shone with a brilliant light which is how the gods were able to keep track of it at the start.

He first distinguished himself by bravely finding then entering the Cave of Water Curtains (pinyin:Shuǐlián-dòng) at the Mountains of Flowers and Fruits (Huāguǒ-shān); for this feat, his monkey tribe gave him the title of Měi-hóuwáng (“handsome monkey-king”). Later, he started making trouble in Heaven and defeated an army of 100,000 celestial soldiers, led by the Four Heavenly Kings, Erlang Shen, and Nezha.

Eventually, the Jade Emperor appealed to Buddha, who subdued and trapped Wukong under a mountain. He was only saved when Xuanzang came by him on his pilgrimage and accepted him as a disciple.

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