Donnie Yen revealed that acting in The Monkey King has given his career a new lease of life, and allowed him to recommend his films to children for the first time.
"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan yesterday appeared at a theme park and ran into fans of all ages.
Chi Tan met a group of elementary school students that went mad with joy as they screamed, "The Strongest in the Universe! The Strongest in the Universe!"
Chi Tan displayed his friendly side and said, "Why don't Uncle take a photo with you!" The students immediately ran toward Chi Tan for a photo spot. The atmosphere really cheered Chi Tan up. Chi Tan was satisfied with his new film THE MONKEY KING (SAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG)'s Pretty Monkey King image that brought him a lot of children fans.
He said, "My film world used to be only adults because you can't possibly tell children to watch me fighting films. However THE MONKEY KING made me 'suitable for the entire family' and I could truly tell children to watch my movies. It could be said as a China version KUNG FU PANDA.
Everyone would spend the Lunar New Year with laughter. My son is always asking me to tell him Monkey King stories. I will bring my children to the premiere too. (It's the first time?) It's not deliberate, I am just doing something suitable for the suitable event."
Reportedly, the Mainland arranged for 400 film critics to enjoy THE MONKEY KING. Aside from the great film reaction, they also described Chi Tan as an able successor to Liu Xiao Ling Tong (famous Mainland actor who was best known for playing the Monkey King).
Chi Tan said, "Thank you everyone for your support, before the shoot I also watched a lot of Liu Xiao Ling Tong's performance for research." In addition, yesterday a Mainland report spoke on behalf of Chi Tan against his "Golden Broom Most Disappointing Actor" nomination and called the survey unfair. The final result will not be announced until March.