The Monkey King Is a Superhero!

Sun Wu Kung, the Monkey King.

The Monkey King, Sun Wu Kung, was a powerful man in ancient China. (Image: via Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Sun Wukong, or the Monkey King, is a household name in Asia. Even a 3-year-old knows the story of this supernormal monkey being imprisoned under a mountain by the Buddha. Likewise, how he is later given a divine mission to accompany a Buddhist monk on a journey to retrieve Buddhist sutras from India.

Journey to the West, written in 1592 during the Ming Dynasty, is one of the four famous classical novels of China. It has received hundreds of film adaptations, cartoons, dramas, animated features, and comics. The novel has far-reaching influence even in modern society because the story is not only entertaining, but it is also philosophical. There are many thought-provoking teachings and principles on the nature of the human condition and the role of suffering and endurance during the path of enlightenment.

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Huang Jingzhou as the Monkey King. (Image: Shen Yun Performing Arts)
Performer Huang Jingzhou as the Monkey King. (Image: via Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Huang Jingzhou plays the Monkey King

Performer Huang Jingzhou plays the role of Sun Wukong in the Journey to the West performance portion of Shen Yun Performing Arts. He revealed a small secret that among the props on Shen Yun’s stage, his favorite is the Monkey King’s golden staff. We interviewed Huang Jingzhou to get his feelings about playing Sun Wukong.

In conclusion, in the eyes of Huang Jingzhou, Sun Wukong is strong, confident, and successful.

A Shen Yun performance of Journey to the West. (Image: Shen Yun Performing Arts)
A Shen Yun performance of Journey to the West. (Image: via Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Shen Yun’s 2019 scheduled performances are here.  Please try to attend and don’t miss Huang Jingzhou’s performance as the Monkey King!

Translated by Chua BC and edited by Derek Padula

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