To celebrate the opening of Fantasy Kingdom, five protagonists from the much anticipated movie, “The Monkey King”, gathered with partners and friends to unveil five new “Monkey King” themed wax figures at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
The expanded new area, Fantasy Kingdom, launched at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and is set to increase the attraction space by 30%. Collaborating with Filmko Pictures, the new expansion zone has taken inspiration from the 3D action movie, “The Monkey King”, and will house its five key characters – Monkey King, Buffalo Demon King, Princess Iron Fan, Silver Fox and Nu Wa.
A first for the attraction, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has created wax figures based on fictional characters from the same movie. Combined with special lighting and visual effects, as well as tailored interactive experiences – guests are guaranteed a one-of-a-kind experience at this brand new fantasy area.
To mark this momentous occasion, the five leading protagonists from “The Monkey King” including Aaron Kwok, Donnie Yen, Joe Chen, Xia Zi Tong and Zhang Zilin officiated the newly positioned wax figures at the unveiling ceremony; supported by Mr. Jeffrey Lee, General Manager, Business Development of Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr. Yiu Si Wing, Legislative Councilor (Tourism), Mr. Andrew Yu, Director of Filmko Pictures and Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
“This is the first time that the attraction has created five wax figures from the same film. We are honoured to have all five stars with us today at the unveiling, alongside so many of our friends and supporters,” said Kelly Mak, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. “Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is dedicated to bringing a fun-filled journey to all guests, and we are confident that that Fantasy Kingdom will continue to offer a surprising experience.”
All aspects of styling have been carefully orchestrated around the RMB500 million dollar production masterpiece – “The Monkey King”, and the wax figures have fully captured these details, making each one distinct.
Monkey King, played by Donnie Yen, is dressed in red and gold armour and a gold cloak. With piercing eyes, he appears as a true hero holding his golden cudgel; Buffalo Demon King played by Aaron Kwok appears for the first time with a new look designed by prominent Art Director, William Chang. Ruling the demon world with almighty power, he holds a double-edged axe with fearless eyes; Princess Iron Fan played by Joe Chen shows her unyielding character through her facial expression and holds her powerful palm-leaf fan, ready to blow away her enemies. The white Silver Fox played by Xia Zi Tong sits peacefully on a rock, exuding an aura with the protection of Monkey King. And, finally, the mythical Nu Wa played by Zhang Zilin combines magical elements and appears in a human and snake figure, showing off her multi-coloured tail and long shiny hair.
Precision has gone into the production of each wax figure and the five protagonists are full of praise for the wax figures; Donnie Yen feels that the design reflects Flying Monkey’s agile personality; while Aaron Kwok trusts the wax figure has captured every detail of his character, commending the craftsmanship and detail.
The three actresses Joe Chen, Xia Zi Tong and Zhang Zilin were very excited about their first wax figure launch at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and they hope people will appreciate their new look.
Mr. Andrew Yu, Director of Filmko Pictures said, “We are delighted to partner with Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and bring audiences the opportunity to meet their favourite characters up close – “The Monkey King” is a 3D movie with extraordinary visual effects. The mythical elements are very much in unison with the theme of Fantasy Kingdom, which enables the guests to embark on a unique and magical journey.”
Not only can the guests meet the five protagonists up close at Fantasy Kingdom, but they can also immerse themselves in a host of interactive experiences. Join Buffalo Demon King and Princess Iron Fan in defending their territory at flaming mountain; turn yourself into a human and snake figure like Nu Wa with the specially designed 3-D snake tail installation for fun photos, or combat against the Monkey King to show your agility.
The expanded zone Fantasy Kingdom consists of three unique zones, each with a distinct theme featuring an exciting line-up of new wax figures, spectacular photo opportunities, and fun-filled interactive experience. The new zone will be open to public starting from Sep 29. In addition, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will also be creating a new Royal Family area, Authentic History area and TV Studio. To bring a complete new look to its guests, the attraction will also be renewing the Music Icon zone and the Souvenir Shop.