Think that superhero cinema is bogged down with never-ending origin stories? Seen Uncle Ben die one too many times? Had enough of Kal-El crash landing in Kansas? Then spare a thought for Chinese audiences.
I can't even start to guess how many retellings of the Monkey King stories I've seen on screen and many, if not most, feature the rather monumental circumstances of his birth. You'll see this play out again at the top of this trailer.
The nature of Donnie Yen is irrepressible, but so far, this film is looking a little too straight-down-the-middle. There's certainly none of the lunatic flair that embellished Stephen Chow's Journey to the West – which, incidentally, still hasn't. Tsk! False advertising.
Thanks to TwitchFilm for the embed.