Gerard Johnstone’s Emmy-winning family adventure series, The New Legends Of Monkey, is only the latest televised incarnation of Chinese folklore based on the classic Journey To The West story of legend from author Wu Cheng’en. Following its 2018 Australia/New Zealand premiere via ABC Me and TVNZ 2, the show’s transition to Netflix has now afforded it a second season which will hit the streamer beginning August 7.
Hailing from See-Saw Films, The New Legends Of Monkey features Australian-Thai actor Chai Hansen in the title role, along with Tongan talents Luciane Buchanan as Tripitaka, and Josh Thomson as Pigsy, and actress Emilie Cocquerel in the role of Sandy. Following the events of last season, the heroes are back for more adventures, continuing their search for the sacred scrolls they need in order to overcome the chaos of demon rule in their kingdom.
Having escaped Jade Mountain with the Scroll of Immortality, their next step sees them looking to get their hands on the Scroll of Knowledge, hidden in the ‘Infinite Archive’, and then journey on to find five more sacred scrolls scattered across the world. In season two, they must battle scroll guardians, wicked demons and legions of demon warlords in the hope of gathering seven scrolls to take to the distant Western Mountains in order to empower the gods’ resistance.
Inspired by the victories of Monkey and his companions, humans begin to rebel against demon rule and the demons reform their ancient armies to fight the resistance. Action-packed fun and hand to hand combat ensues as Monkey and his band of cohorts travel the world, facing demons and working together to secure the scrolls and restore balance to the world.
Catch season one, now on Netflix.