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“Journey to the West”

Following is Dao Lang (刀郎), one of my all-time favorite Chinese singers, performing the theme song to the new “Journey to the West” (“新西游记”) movie (or is it TV series?). Also in the video are behind-the-scenes of the production. As you all should know, “Journey to the West” is a Chinese classic, about a monk heading to India in search of scriptures. He is accompanied by three disciples, with Sun Wukong (孙悟空) the most powerful, and really, the main character. Lyrics are beneath the video.

Lyrics below:

一番番春秋 冬夏
一场场酸甜 苦辣.
一番番春秋 冬夏
一场场酸甜 苦辣.

  1. August 17th, 2012 at 17:49 | #1

    It is a TV series. The whole 60 episodes is available for viewing here:


  2. amaryllis
    August 20th, 2012 at 11:51 | #2

    Princess Iron Fan铁扇公主is one of the many engaging tales in this opus of Chinese storytelling; this episode is also the subject of supposedly the first feature-length animated film produced in China, in 1941, right in the midst of the invasion.

    I found a VCD of the restored movie, browsing through a store.
    A website is also listed: http://www.cinemaepoch.com

    The film is in black and white, but the artwork is amazing. According to the dust jacket, the film is `one of the earliest works to extensively use the roto-scoping animation process’.

    The fact that China had the human capital, during an era of great deprivation and turbulence, to produce such a work, says much for its potential to innovate and create in a stable, well-financed environment, over the next two decades.

  3. August 20th, 2012 at 14:13 | #3

    Thanks Ray. I am gonna be watching the episodes!

  4. August 20th, 2012 at 14:18 | #4

    Thanks for that link. I will check it out too.

    Great point about China’s human capital. It’s easy to underestimate. I like to quote Warren Buffett who said, “China is unleashing her people’s potential.” It’s so true. When you have economic development, hundreds of millions of people get to leave the villages, and they go into art, manufacturing, engineering and science, and you name it.

    In terms of creativity, we are just beginning to see the tip of the iceberg!

  5. August 21st, 2012 at 11:06 | #5

    Ya, my mum and kid love it.

    Anyway, Chinese animation is definitely behind Hollywood. However, I am pretty impressed by the following air battle scene. It is from a TV series and hence not very high budget.

    Take a look if you guys are interested, go straight to 10:32 after the advertisement.


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