Due to a severe lack of funds, the director of the 1986 film “Journey to the West” created many different ways to get the most impressive scenes to serve the audience.
After the 1986 “Journey to the West” was released, the film quickly resonated and became one of the most classic works of all time. Although the techniques are still rudimentary, director Duong Khiet has found every way to make the scenes the most realistic.
The secret of the classic python scene
At the time of filming, the crew faced many difficulties when they had to go to many remote areas to shoot outdoor scenes. Although the technology and effects are not as advanced as today, the “Journey to the West” crew still creates classic scenes. One of the most impressive episodes is the scene where Sun Wukong and Zhu Bajie fought against the python in episode 11 called “Extremely Destructive”. This episode is part 2 of “Journey to the West” that was broadcast in 2000.
Female artist Uncle Hoang played the role of a python in the movie “Journey to the West” 1986
In the film, the python is described as a leprechaun with beautiful beauty, touching people’s hearts. Taking on this role is female artist Uncle Hoang. In order to maintain their beauty, pythons often kidnap healthy young men in the village and take their blood to drink. When the blood supply is depleted, this goblin will reveal its true form as an old woman.
Many people think that the python in the movie is just a product of photoshop or a prop of the film crew. However, news site Sina revealed that director Duong Khiet used a live python for the scene to achieve the best effect. This animal was borrowed by the female director from an acquaintance.
Director Duong Khiet used a real python to make the scene more realistic.
Accordingly, the python that Ton Ngo Khong and Tru Bat Gioi keep their heads and tails behind is a real python, not a prop as many people think. Unfortunately, this python escaped outside the forest while the crew was busy preparing the scene. When this information was revealed, most of the crew were extremely confused.
According to Sina, the actors and post-production staff bravely risked their lives for the most precious footage. At the end of the scene, the python was found by the staff and returned to director Duong Khiet.
Video: The scene where Sun Wukong fights with the python in “Journey to the West” 1986 version.
The image of the python was shown in just a few minutes, but to achieve the best effect, the director and crew still decided to use a real python. This makes many viewers admire and appreciate the seriousness and devotion to the work of the film crew “Journey to the West” 1986.
Poor cost, rudimentary techniques
Journey to the West 1986, although not the first film to be adapted, was the work that received the most love and support from the audience. The success of the film is not only thanks to the acting and script, but also to the creativity of the crew when creating classic scenes. Accordingly, because of lack of funding and outdated technology, many segments were staged very crudely, but when they were on screen, they still “tricked” viewers.
An actor plays multiple roles in a movie to keep costs down.
To reduce costs, each person on the film crew had to take on multiple roles. In addition to the role of Tru Bat Gioi, artist Ma Duc Hoa also plays Doc Giac Quy Vuong, people of the Tang Dynasty… Artist Diem Hoai Le alone takes on the role of Sa Tang, Niu Ma Vuong, Thai Thuong Lao Quan, Thien Ly Nhan. … Vuong Sung Thu – husband of director Duong Khiet, in addition to filming, he also creates special effects and directs martial arts. Production vice president Ly Hong Xuong both mobilized capital and played seven supporting roles.
To create a magical mist scene like in heaven, the crew had to use dry ice to create smoke. This caused many actors to turn pale because of the cold. Because he wanted to create conditions for Luc Tieu Linh Dong to fulfill his role the most, the crew prepared a skateboard for him to both prevent cold feet and move as fast as he wanted. In some segments such as when Thai Bach Kim Tinh took Wukong to destroy the demon, many viewers also saw the special props peeking in the smoke in heaven.
Sun Wukong’s moving scene in heaven.
At that time, because there were no special effects of the computer, so it was not possible to do post-production, the filmmakers had a hard time filming the scene where the tigers harmed Tang Tang’s teachers and students in episode 8. . Finally, director Duong Khiet came up with a way for an artist to wear a tiger skin suit to act.
This costume is shaped very cute, not fierce. When walking in the forest, looking “tiger” is like playing hide and seek. When he transforms, he is quite naive and clumsy. The crew admitted that many of the special effects in the film were not really good, and later watched the audience again to discover many “stars”. Although this role of the tiger can only be seen by children, it shows the creativity of the artists of the time. Therefore, the spiritual value that the film brings to the public remains unchanged.
The cutest scene “Journey to the West”, so fake that it can’t fool the audience
During the journey to Tay Thien to get the scriptures, Tang Tang’s teachers and students encountered many powerful monsters, including Bach Cot Tinh. With the ability to transform unpredictable, Bach Co Tinh can become a young girl, but in the blink of an eye, she turns into a mother looking for a child or a father at home alone. She made Ton Ngo Khong struggle, hit 3 times to destroy it.
After each defeat, her soul will escape, hovering in the air for a while and then disappear. On the film, this scene looks blurry, ghostly, but in fact, to edit this segment, the crew used a very simple “treasure” that no one expected. The crew cut the paper themselves to make the dummy fly in front of the camera lens. Although simple, but after production and editing, the scene is extremely successful, making it difficult for the audience to realize that the souls on the film are actually just paper.