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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Monkey King

Last week we did a storytelling lesson in one of my English classes. I asked the students to tell me a well-known story from China, & they told me the story of the Monkey King, a mischievous supernatural creature who wound up achieving nirvana because he helped a monk on his journey to India to find the holy sutras. It's the story behind the movie Forbidden Kingdom, starring Jet Li & Jackie Chan.

I remember seeing the Monkey King story played out repeatedly on Vietnamese TV, but I didn't know what it was at the time. Now that I know the name of the story (Journey to the West), perhaps I can find the show online somewhere. Does anyone have suggestions on where to look?

1 comment:

Julie said...

Ohhh, this totally takes me back to college and my East Asian studies minor. It's kind of a cool legend that appears across several Asian cultures. I'd love to see a modern dramatic interpretation -- will follow with interest to see if you find one.