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Most Popular CCTV Series: Xi You Ji

Xi You Ji (Journey to the West)
25 Television serials produced by CCTV
Directed by Yang Jie

journey to the westXi You Ji television serials adapted from the same title classic novel.

China Daily News:

"WUKONG, help me!"
"Wukong, where are you?"
A monk was tied to a big stone, crying for help.
Several pretty and coquettish women surrounded him, looking up and down before bursting into laughter.
At the entrance of the cave, a monkey was knocking on the door.
"Cut!"
This is how one of the outdoor scenes of the sequel to the popular television drama series "Journey to the West" goes.
Adapted from the famous Chinese classic novel of the same title by Wu Cheng'en, a writer in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), "Journey to the West" in the TV version is directed by the female director Yang Jie. In 1986, the series topped the TV ratings.
Based on the actual pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang to India in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the story had already become a favorite of the Chinese people when Wu Cheng'en shaped it into a romantic novel which describes the Monkey King, also known as Sun Wukong, and his entourage protecting Xuanzang against that is all kinds of demons on an adventurous journey westward.
It was successful because it was the first TV-series on the mainland to retell a popular tale and the first TV production to use cinematic techniques.journey to the west
Besides, no TV production had involved such a complicated use of make-up and costumes.
Since the first nationwide broadcast of the original 25 episodes 13 years ago, provincial television stations have broadcast the series many times at the viewers' request.
"We wish to successfully combine the Chinese traditional play with modern television techniques," said Yang.
Above all, Yang said that the Monkey King, a symbol of bravery, cleverness and justice, has been popular among people through the ages. The stories of those protecting Xuanzang against enemies and subduing all kinds of demons and goblins are always the first choice for parents when they read for their children.
"They will be popular as long as the struggle between good and evil exists," Yang concluded.

Journey to the West is a mythological novel based on many centuries of popular tradition. It was probably put into its present form in the 1570s by Wu Cheng'en (1500-82).

This lively fantasy relates the amazing adventures of the priest Xuanzang as he travels west in search of Buddhist sutras with his three disciples, the irreverent and capable Monkey, greedy Pig, and Friar Sand. The opening chapters recount the earlier exploits of Monkey, culminating in his rebellion against Heaven. We then learn how Xuanzang became a monk and was sent on his pilgrimage by the Tang emperor who had escaped death with the help of an Underworld official.

tang priestThe main story, the journey, takes the priest through all kinds of entertaining trials and tribulations, mainly at the hands of monsters and spirits who want to eat him. Most, like the ferocious Red Boy, want to devour him. Some, such as the scorpion spirit of Pipa Cave, take the form of beautiful women in the hope of seducing him. Only the courage and powers of his disciples, especially Monkey, save him from death. Monkey has to use all his connections in the supernatural world to find the help that will enable him to defeat these and other formidable enemies, such as the Bull Demon King and Princess iron Fan, or the imitation Monkey who is indistinguishable from himself. On the last part of the journey the demons come in as wide a range of shapes and kinds as ever. Among them are spider-women who spin webs from their navels, a pride of lion monsters and a terrible female spirit who carries the Tang Priest down into her bottomless cave to marry him. These and all the other fiends test to the very limit Monkey's ingenuity, supernatural powers and connections throughout the universe. Monkey is the hero of the fantasy, and the reader will soon learn why he has long been so loved in China. Will the pilgrims reach the Vulture Peak and obtain the scriptures? The answer will only be found at the end of the 100-chapter novel.

sha monkThe story is as full of imagination as Monkey is of magic, and packed with incident and down-to-earth humor. The illustrations are from 19th-century Chinese edition.

"Journey to the West has the same status in Chinese popular literature as Dickens, the the Wizard of Oz and the Superman comics combined. Everyone knows it. The episodes are featured in countless theatre pieces, comic books, and cartoon shows." -- James Beerbower

"The story, attributed to Wu Cheng-en, is quite hilarious on the surface, full of creatures, jokes and foibles, and on the other hand it is a deeply religious plot. This is the finest piece of Chinese literature I've come across." -- Alexander Moir

"When I read the book, I was so intrigued in the writing, I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a book worth reading. The language is moderately difficult. I had quite an easy time reading it (and I'm only 8). A must read, it is absolutely fantastic. " -- Christine Wong

电视连续剧《西游记》

1982-1988年拍摄制作的央视版《西游记》,由杨洁导演,六小龄童、迟重瑞、徐少华、汪粤、马德华、闫怀礼主演。该剧一经播出,获得了极高评价,成为一部公认的无法超越的经典。1998-1999年再次以原班人马拍摄续集,一经播出获得了许多观众的认可。

电视连续剧《西游记》根据吴承恩同名文学古典名著改编,讲述唐僧师徒四人为弘扬佛法丶普渡众生丶历经艰难险阻前往西天取回真经的故事。刻画出众多活灵活现的人物形象,展现了怪异横生的妖魔世界。师徒战胜自然丶克服困难的大无畏精神与鲜明的浪漫主义格调浑然一体,孙悟空丶猪八戒的形象早已深入人心,“大闹天宫”“三打白骨精”“女儿国”等篇章更成为千古佳话,在剧中有完美的演绎。

极富个性的孙悟空(六小龄童),猪八戒(马德华)、沙僧(闫怀礼)辅保大唐高僧玄奘(汪粤、徐少华、迟重瑞)去西天取经。师徒四人,一路抢滩涉险,降妖伏怪,历经八十一难,取回真经,终修正果。唐僧师徒回转长安,唐王殷切询问取经历程。唐僧向唐王叙述了一路艰险。

连续剧《西游记》用6年(1982年至1988年)拍摄了25集:

第一集 猴王初问世 第二集 官封弼马温
第三集 大圣闹天宫 第四集 困囚五行山
第五集 猴王保唐僧 第六集 祸起观音院
第七集 计收猪八戒 第八集 坎途逢三难
第九集 偷吃人参果 第十集 三打白骨精
第十一集 智激美猴王 第十二集 夺冠宝莲花洞
第十三集 除妖乌鸡国 第十四集 大战红孩儿
第十五集 斗半降三怪 第十六集 趣经女儿国
第十七集 三调芭蕉扇 第十八集 扫塔辨奇冤
第十九集 误入小雷音 第二十集 孙猴巧行医
第二十一集 错坠盘丝洞 第二十二集 四探无底洞
第二十三集 传艺玉华洲 第二十四集 天竺收玉兔
第二十五集 波生极乐天

西游记续集16集:

第一集 险渡通天河 第二集 师徒生二心
第三集 真假美猴王 第四集 受阻狮驼岭
第五集 遇仙孔雀台 第六集 如来收大鹏
第七集 情断黑水河 第八集 收伏青牛怪
第九集 祈雨凤仙郡 第十集 大闹披香殿
第十一集 绝域变通途 第十二集 泪洒隐雾山
第十三集 救难小儿城 第十四集 缉盗菩萨域
第十五集 还魂寇善人 第十六集 观灯金平府

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