Journey to the West – Illustrated One Sheet

When I first watched the trailer for Stephen Chow’s latest film I thought, Woah! it reminds me of a show I grew up with in the UK… ‘Monkey Magic’… As I researched a little more, turns out that this film by Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) is based on the same material! Very Crazy Cool… The film looks as crazy, if not more so than the TV show I was so fond of as a kid…

It is an absolute pleasure to be asked to illustrate a poster to promote this film for Magnolia Pictures and Magnet. This is another film that thematically lends itself to this kind of ‘old school’ advertising, my favourite kind!

It is so awesome to see a company looking towards illustrated posters to promote their films and feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of it…

The Poster art made its debut on CraveOnline and has had some nice feedback…

Journey to the West - Illustrated One Sheet

Yes, from the writer/director/star of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer comes a demon-fighting fantasy with a new poster in the Drew Struzan mold, just to sell you on its epicness.

— www.craveonline.com

It’s great to see what I would call a ‘classic’ illustrated movie poster being used as the primary marketing tool, much like artists Drew Struzan and John Alvin used to produce. Paul Shipper has a talent for portraying emotion and character in his pieces, this being no exception, and has captured what I expect to be the fun and humour of a Stephen Chow movie. In tone, it very much reminds me of the poster for Big Trouble in Little China.

— www.CultCollective.co.uk

Journey to the West - Illustrated One Sheet

About the Film:

Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s ‘Journey To The West’ is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. – See more at: http://www.magnetreleasing.com/journeytothewest/

Journey to the West - Illustrated One Sheet

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