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The Monkey King 2
(2016)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Allan Wilson

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sean McMahon
Peter Bateman
Richard Bronskill
Kostas Christides
Joohyun Park
Patrick Russ
David Shephard

Performed by:
The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Lucnica Chorus

Co-Produced by:
Max Blomgren
Jung J. Lee
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(July 11th, 2016)
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The album is limited to an unknown quantity and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $22.
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Buy it... if you adore the rowdy, exotic personality of Christopher Young's enthusiastic The Monkey King score and await a really impressive sibling to that career highlight.

Avoid it... if you've never been truly comfortable with Young's disconnected thematic tapestry in that score, a circumstance that, along with lengthier and challenging ambient passages, becomes more problematic in this sequel.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,857
WRITTEN 9/17/16
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The Monkey King 2: (Christopher Young) The sheer spectacle of 2014's Chinese production of The Monkey King, adapted from Wu Cheng'en's classic, 16th Century novel, "Journey to the West," propelled the project to immense profits and immediately sent its many studio backers into a frenzy with notions of several sequels. Having rebelled against the Jade Emperor of heaven and suffered his 500 years in captivity, the famed Chinese mythology hero of Sun Wukong pushes forward in this second tale with his journey to India, from which he is destined to return to China with Buddhism. This portion of the story features largely new characters, and even the actor portraying Wukong is changed in 2016's The Monkey King 2. But the production's concentration on stunning visual appeal remains the attraction for Chinese audiences who this time are treated to a storyline with more philosophical thought than the constant series of rather silly battle sequences that comprised the prior movie. To the film's credit, it increased its box office grosses while reducing its budget, and the third film was soon planned. The involvement of veteran American composer Christopher Young in The Monkey King resulted due to the simple fact that the filmmakers were enthusiasts of Young's music and simply asked him to write for their film. Little did Young realize that these scores could very well become to his career what The Lord of the Rings was for Howard Shore, the mainstream fantasy pinnacle of a career otherwise defined by obscure horror and drama. It just so happens that Young's crowning achievement has come overseas, his music for the Chinese epics summarizing many of the best ideas he had explored through the years in Priest, Ghost Rider, Drag Me to Hell, and a variety of his lesser known horror ventures. His work for The Monkey King was unconventional in its construct, supplying lengthy suites per each character to the filmmakers for integration into the film as needed, and this format allowed him to generate extremely well-developed ideas that inevitably played well on album, each movement like a concert piece all to itself. For the sequel, nothing about that formula has changed, and yet the demeanor of the score is noticeably different in its balance of action and conversation.



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119 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.47 Stars
***** 34 5 Stars
**** 33 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 13 1 Stars
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Alternative review at Movie Wave
Southall - December 30, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
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My alternate review.
Hari Haran - December 27, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 75:31
• 1. Jinguzhou, The Golden Hoop (11:13)
• 2. Xiyi Yaoguai, The Basilisk Demon (6:27)
• 3. Zhu Bajie, The Pig Demon (4:13)
• 4. Baigujing, Lady White Bone (5:36)
• 5. Tang Sanzang, The Monk (6:14)
• 6. Yun Hai Xi Guo, The King of Yun Hai Xi Kingdom (5:31)
• 7. Jingu Bang, The Monkey King's Staff (4:09)
• 8. Sha Heshang, The Sand Monk (3:21)
• 9. Guanyin Pusa, The Goddess of Mercy (5:21)
• 10. Bianfu Yaoguai, The Bat Demon (10:35)
• 11. Bailongma, The White Dragon Horse (5:39)
• 12. Sun Wukong, The Monkey King (7:18)

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