Saturday, March 21, 2009

"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition (( 2004 ))

"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // 孫悟空 :  Shanghai Animation Film Studio (( 2004 ))

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-->> Too fried , .. Damm Wiki entry ::

" .. .. The story is based on the earliest chapters of the classic story Journey to the West. The main character is Sun Wukong, aka the Monkey King, who rebels against the Jade Emperor of heaven.

The first act begins on the Flower and Fruit Mountain with Sun Kung watching a military parade by his subjects. Delighted with their martial prowess, he decides to put on a display himself but accidentally breaks the sabre he is using. Annoyed at being unable to find a suitable weapon for himself, an old monkey suggests that Sun Kung visits the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea for a possible weapon.

Sun Kung dives into the sea and travels to the Dragon King’s palace where he asks for a neighbourly gift of a weapon. The Dragon King, amused by the arrogance, orders his soldiers to bring progressively heavier weapons, but Sun Kung dismisses them all as being too light and flimsy. The Dragon King then takes him to a great pillar which was used by the gods to pin down the sea during the great floods. The pillar is in fact the As-you-will Cudgel, a magical staff weighing that can change size and Sun Kung happily takes the weapon. The Dragon King, not expecting Sun Kung to be actually able to take the great treasure, demands it back, but Sun Kung rebukes him, saying that the king should not have offered it if he did not want it taken, then returns to his kingdom.

The Dragon King goes to Heaven and petitions the Celestial Emperor for the return of the pillar and to punish Sun Kung. General Li quickly offers to send an army, but the God of the North Star suggests that Sun Kung be given a minor post in Heaven so that he can be kept under close supervision instead. The Emperor agrees to the plan.

The God of the North Star travels to the Flower and Fruit Mountain and tricks Sun Kung saying that he was to be honoured with a title and a post in Heaven. Sun Kung travels to Heaven and is granted the post of Head of the Imperial Stables, mislead to believe that it is a high-ranking duty. Sun Kung arrives at the stables and unhappy with the treatment of the horses, sets them loose, letting them roam freely. Shortly afterwards the General of the Imperial Cavalry arrives to inspect the stables and furious that the horses are free instead of being stabled, confronts Sun Kung. Sun Kung then realises he has been tricked, easily defeats the General and returns back to the Flower and Fruit Mountain.

The Imperial Court then hears that Sun Kung has claimed the title of ‘Great Sage, Equal of Heaven’ and the furious Emperor orders General Li to capture Sun Kung.

The general sends two of his best soldiers, including the god Nezha, to challenge the Monkey King, but they are defeated easily. General Li threatens to return and Sun Kung shouts back defiantly, that he and his monkeys will be waiting.

An omitted part of the original release shows General Li interrupting the Emperor's tour of his land, requesting additional troops. The God of the North Star interjects, saying that subterfuge is required again and after a short argument, the Emperor agrees to his plan. A short scene of life under the protection of the Monkey King is cut short by the captured God of the North Star being brought to Sun Kung by monkey soldiers.

The second act opens with the God of the North Star trying to entice Sun Kung back to Heaven, but the Monkey King is wary, even with Heaven’s acceptance of the Monkey King’s title. The God makes comments about the Flower and Fruit Mountain, comparing it to the Heavenly Garden, extolling the beauty, scents and fruit compared to earthly delights. Intrigued, Sun Kung agrees to become the guardian of the Heavenly Garden, another minor post that he is misled to believe is important. Now assumed to be placated, he is left alone in the Garden where he eats the Empress’ peaches of immortality.

A procession of fairies comes to collect peaches for an important Imperial banquet where they are questioned by Sun Kung about the banquet’s guests. When he hears that the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea had been invited, but not the ‘Great Sage, Equal of Heaven’, Sun Kung realises he has been tricked again and flies into a rage. The fairies flee, but Sun Kung stops them with his magic.

He goes to the Imperial banquet hall and after putting all the attendents to sleep, begins to sample the food and wine. The drunken Monkey King suddenly becomes homesick and steals the entire banquet, putting it into a magical bag for his subjects. He then leaves for the Flower and Fruit Mountain but becomes lost due to his drunkenness, ending up at Lao Tzu’s workshop where he eats the Emperor’s Pills of Immortality. The pills sober him up, allowing him to travel home where he is greeted enthusiastically by his monkeys and he opens the bag, allowing his monkeys to enjoy the stolen food.

In the 40th Anniversary DVD, the fairies’ introduction is truncated, as is most of the Imperial banquet hall scene. The Monkey King’s arrival home is omitted entirely.

Meanwhile the Empress discovers the remains of her banquet and petitions the Emperor to punish Sun Kung. The fairies then tearfully inform the Emperor that Sun Kung has eaten many of the peaches in the Heavenly Garden. Finally Lao Tzu comes and tells the Emperor that his Pills of Immortality have been stolen. This time, both General Li and the God of the North Star recommend military action.

The Heavenly army descends on the Flower and Fruit Mountain, where there is heavy fighting between the soldiers and well trained monkeys. Sun Kung fights and defeats several Imperial generals who use a variety of weapons ranging from a sleep-inducing lute to a magical snake. General Li then sends in Erlang Sheng and a troop of elite soldiers. Sun Kung uses his magic to make copies of himself and rapidly defeats the soldiers, then engages Erlang in a duel, which includes a memorable shapeshifting fight and Sun Kung‘s attempt to evade Erlang by transforming himself into a house.

Seeing that Erlang and Sun are equally matched, Lao Tzu interferes, knocking Sun Kung unconscious, where he is quickly captured.

Most of the fighting is omitted or truncated in the 40th Anniversary DVD as are the subsequent two failed execution scenes.

Sun Kung is sentenced to death and a guillotine is used, but the blade breaks on the Monkey King’s neck. A shower of golden arrows is then used, but only succeeds in sending Sun Kung to sleep from boredom.

Lao Tzu suggests incinerating the Monkey King in his eight-way trigram furnace, since he is extremely durable due to his earlier consumption of the Pills of Immortality and the peaches. After days of burning Sun Kung in the furnace, Lao Tzu opens it, expecting to see nothing but ash, but instead sees two glowing lights which he mistakes for two Pills of Immortality. Reaching in, he discovers that they are actually the eyes of Sun Kung, who was hardened by the time in the furnace rather than weakened. Breaking free, he destroys the furnace then destroys most of the Imperial palace, routs the Imperial guards and causes the Emperor to flee in disarray.

A finally triumphant Sun Kung returns to the Flower and Fruit Mountain where he is greeted by his cheering subjects. .. "

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..the previous Princess Iron Fan - 鐵扇公主 ( 1941 ) film is apparently is included on this release .

"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition  A  (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition B (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // inside case i (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // inside case ii (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // instert A  (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // instert B  万籁鸣 // Wan Lai-Ming 1901 - 1997  (( 2004 ))

..sorry, damm Wiki again ::

" ..Wan Lai-Ming .. was born in Nanjing, China. He was one of the Wan brothers who pioneered the Chinese animation industry, and became China's first animator. As the director of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio, he would raise the standard to International level before other historical events affected the industry. .."

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"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // Character Print A (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // Character Print B (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // Character Print C (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // Character Print D (( 2004 ))
"大鬧天宮 - HAVOC IN HEAVEN " 2 - DISC 40th Anniversary Edition // Character Print E (( 2004 ))

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