Xuan Zang 大唐玄奘 is a Wong Kar Wai film starring Huang Xiaoming as a Buddhist monk from the Tang Dynasty who travels to India for seventeen years in search of sacred texts.
Xuan Zang is widely known in pop culture due to Journey to the West, a story for all ages known for containing elements of allegory and mythology revolving around Xuan Zang and his three disciples – a monkey, a pig and a sand demon. The novel has numerous TV and film adaptations and even has animations for children.
Nevertheless, this film strays from the usual story as it takes on a solemn tone in depicting Xuan Zang’s spiritual journey towards achieving enlightenment. Xuan Zang is a collaboration between China and India. It was released in both countries on Apr 29, 2016. Also in the cast are popular comedian Xu Zheng, Luo Jin, HK veteran actor Kent Tong, Tan Kai, Artemis Lou Jiayue and Purba Rgyal.