I’ve just watched the trailer below, and frankly I am puzzled. Still shots of aliens and spaceships, then a brief scene where something bursts out of the ground, only it doesn’t look like the giant ape Kong at all and more like one of the rock giants from Noah.
Even stranger is that the film is apparently based on the Chinese tale of ‘The Monkey King’, a character who has often been portrayed in Asian cinema but is best known to Western audiences as the title character in the cult 1979-1981 Japanese TV series Monkey, flying around on his pink cloud and dispatching demon after demon with his magic staff as he accompanied Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy on their journey from China to India. I used to adore this series and still do. Thinking about it, and having read the book version of the story, some of the trailer now makes a bit more sense, as the Monkey character was supposedly made of stone, but why is the new film called Kong? Are they reworking the character as a huge, love-sick ape? And what’s with all the sci-fi stuff?
Frankly I’m truly intrigued about this Chinese production, which Variety tells us is currently on sale at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It comes from producers Jeongjung Kim and Gary Lee, and I don’t know anymore. I’m not surprised, given the success of Godzilla, that a Kong film is being put into production, but I really don’t know what to make of this one. I certainly want to find out more though, even though the teaser trailer hardly impresses, does it?