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Five protagonists from “The Monkey King” to launch their wax figures at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

September 3, 2013 Attraction No Comments Email Email

With the much anticipated grand opening of Madame Tussauds’ Fantasy Kingdom coming soon, follow the five main characters from the eagerly awaited 3D film “The Monkey King” to mark the start of a legendary journey at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

Based on “Journey to the West”, Hong Kong Director Pou-Soi Cheang has taken on this classic childhood tale to establish a RMB 500 million dollar production masterpiece – “The Monkey King”. All aspects of styling have been carefully orchestrated, resulting in the film’s five main characters soon to be on display at the attraction’s new “Fantasy Kingdom”; including Monkey King, played by Donnie Yen, Buffalo Demon King played by Aaron Kwok, Princess Iron Fan played by Joe Chen, Silver Fox played by Xia Zi Tong played and Nu Wa played by Zhang Zilin.

In capturing the essence of each character, the London based figure production team made a special visit to Hangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong to carry out substantial sitting procedures. With further meticulous styling to ensure the unique aspects of each character is brought to life, the team carefully took measurements and over one hundred photos as reference – including colour matching of hair, eyes and teeth.

Aaron Kwok, the Bull Demon King, conducted a smooth second sitting in Hong Kong, lasting over two hours. “I am honoured to have two wax figures and especially pleased with the outcome of the Bull King Demon. I hope that visitors will enjoy this different side to my character,” said Aaron Kwok.

Donnie Yen, who plays the Monkey King, also commented on his second wax figure, “The Monkey King has varied and detailed facial expressions, while each strand of hair has been inserted into the wax figure by hand. I have very much admired the patience and expertise of the production team – their dedication has been great,” said Donnie Yen.

The first individual wax figure for the remaining three actresses – Joe Chen, Xia Zi Tong and Zhang Zilin – the production team travelled to Hangzhou and Beijing to execute additional four hour long sittings.

“The staff were extremely attentive and professional, the whole process was really interesting and highly enjoyable!” said Joe Chen. Similarly, Xia Zi Tong and Zhang Zilin conducted a sitting commenting “This has been an exciting, new experience for us”. “We now look forward to unveiling the wax figures in Hong Kong,” said Xia Zi Tong. “I am very impressed with the intricate attention to every detail – the team has put great effort into colour mating our hair, eyes, complexion – I can’t believe how life like they are,” Zhang Zilin said.

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong General Manager Kelly Mak said: “We are very pleased to cooperate with Filmko Pictures, transporting the mythical characters from the big screen to Hong Kong Madame Tussauds’ new expansion grounds in “Fantasy Kingdom “. This is the first time for us to make wax figures for five protagonists from the same film. We very much look forward to the launch of “The Monkey King” characters to mark the official opening of “Fantasy Kingdom”. Combining this with various ingenious interactive experiences will guarantee a new and unique experience for our visitors.”

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