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Director: Peter Andrikidis, Thomas Robins

Producer: Robin Scholes, Peter Andrikidis

Executive Producer: Rachel Gardner, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousettta

Writer: Greg Waters, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Conor Van Vuuren, Craig Irvin, Jane Allen

Cast: Chai Hansen, Luciane Buchanan, Emilie Cocquerel, Josh Thomson

264 minutes

The New Legends of Monkey – Season 2
Monkey, Tripitaka, Sandy and Pigsy escape Jade Mountain with the first of the sacred scrolls - The Scroll of Immortality. The next step on their quest is to seek the Scroll of Knowledge from the Infinite Archive. After that, there are five more sacred scrolls scattered by Monkey across the world, and Monkey has no memory of where they are. Once all the seven scrolls are gathered they must take them to the distant Western Mountains in order to empower the gods’ resistance and restore balance to the world.

Their success has drawn the attention of the most powerful demon lords. Mothrax, the moth Demon; Cranius Kang, self-described genius; General Khan, erstwhile leader of the Demon rebellion, the brutish Dreglon, Gorm, powerful, warlike, ambitious and shadowed everywhere by his puppeteering acolyte, Hagfish. They plot to destroy Monkey and his companions but at the same time are jostling for position in their own battles for supremacy. They issue an order - track down the Monkey King and his comrades and find out what is so special about these Scrolls.

While Monkey, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy journey in search of the scrolls they confront the poverty and need of people living under despotic demon rule. They must regularly choose between dealing with the immediate misery of villages suffering from demon depredations or continue with the quest in order to make the world better for everyone. Usually compassion wins out and the pilgrims save lives and villages along the way even if it costs them time and brings them face to face with danger.

Despite their successes, the people they encounter remain suspicious, they have suffered too many disappointments and have heard too many tales of the evil Monkey King whose betrayal led to the fall of Jade Mountain and the loss of the sacred scrolls ushering in centuries of demon oppression. Monkey and Tripitaka become increasingly aware that they will have to create new legends if they are to inspire humanity to resist demon rule. Tripitaka begins to write a scroll of her own chronicling the adventures they experience.

As Monkey’s group seek each sacred scroll they are forced to outwit or overcome Scroll Guardians who have spent centuries building defences around their scroll to ensure only the worthy may claim it. Each time they must also defeat a demon lord. They don’t realise that each demon they defeat speeds up the moment when the fearsome demon Lord Gorm will achieve dominance and come after them. When he does, he steals the scrolls they have collected so far and they are barely able to escape with their lives.

Despairing at their loss and anxious about the gathering demon armies, Monkey, Tripitaka, Sandy and Pigsy penetrate their enemies camp to recover the scrolls from Gorm. Although they fail, they learn that there is a human resistance dedicated to overthrowing demon rule, but it will be destroyed by Gorm unless they intervene. Led by a human Tracker, who has shadowed their journey and bearing a fake shadow scroll they were tricked into taking by a canny Scroll Guardian, they join the resistance. Here Tripitaka must confront her deepest fear. The young monk who was originally trained for and tasked with the quest to recover the scrolls has survived. He intends to take over the leadership of the quest.

Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy face almost insurmountable odds. They must decide whether their loyalties lie with each other or with the plans and prophecies of the Scholar that brought them together in the first place. Then they must try and save the resistance even as their leadership makes strategic decisions that risk all their lives. Finally they must defeat both Gorm and his shadowy henchman Hagfish, and the ultimate weapon he creates - a Shadow Monkey, with all Monkey’s skills and powers but none of his compassion.

At last the four heroes and what remains of the resistance, fight a final battle against demonic forces of chaos to save the quest. Along the way they must overcome their own personal challenges and learn to rely on each other in order to defeat their enemies and inspire humanity to build a better world.

Company name: See-Saw Films
See-Saw Films is a world leading film and television production house, founded in 2008 by Academy Award, BAFTA and Emmy winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. See-Saw is made up of an industry-leading team across offices in London and Sydney.
See-Saw produced six-time Academy Award® nominated and two-time BAFTA winning ‘Lion’, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and in 2011 won the Academy Award® for Best Motion Picture for ‘The King’s Speech’ which swept up an additional three awards from twelve nominations, as well as picking up seven BAFTAs from fourteen nominations. Recent projects include ‘Ammonite’ written and directed by Francis Lee, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; and ‘Widows’ directed by Steve McQueen. Upcoming films include ‘Operation Mincemeat’ directed by John Madden, starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald; ‘The Unknown Man’, written and directed by Thomas M. Wright, starring Joel Edgerton; and ‘The Power Of The Dog’ written and directed by Jane Campion, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons.

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