The mountain who's setting inspired the famous Ming Dynasty novel 西遊記 Xiyouji, Journey to the West, which fictionalizes the monk Xuan Zang's adventures going to and from India in 629-644. Written by Wu Chengen (1500?-1582), a scholar-official in the Yantze region, and published in 1592. It is still today an all-time best seller in China and the West. There is not a bookstore in China that does not have several versions of this novel on its shelves! |
There have been numerous TV adaptations over the past few years, but the
version most familiar to Western audiences is the Japanese Monkey!,
which was shot in northeastern China with Japanese actors and subsequently
dubbed into English. It was a huge hit in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
A TV version by the director Yang Jie became the highest-rated programme in
China in 1986
Damon Albarn - of Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad and the Queen - is
planning an opera based on "Journey to the West", while one of China's top
prod- ucers is working on a mammoth 50-part TV series.
And now in 2007 Zhang Jizhong, the producer of a new Chinese television series, which is due to start shooting this December.