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Monkey Enters Lanka

The ancient city of Lanka suffers under a tyrant. Concubines are being abducted from all over the world. One special princess disappears and that’s when a legendary folk hero is called for once again, his name, feared throughout the heavens and hells.. the Monkey King.

  • Saie Surendra
    Legend of a Monkey God (Documentary)
  • Saie Surendra
  • Vijay Sodhi
    Rama: The Rise of Dharma
  • Yu Lei
    大冰的小屋 (Dabing's Hut), 中国妈妈 (Chinese Mum), 纪念日 (Anniversary)
  • Rajesh Rajilal
    The Target (2015), Take the Chocolate (2016), Cinnamon (2014)
  • Saie Surendra
    Legend of a Monkey God (Documentary)
  • Dhvel Patel
    Key Cast
    The Beast of Romney Marsh (2020), Bridge (2020), Dhvel's Angels (2019)
  • Carmen Rain Lykoo
    Key Cast
    "Lady Sita, Guan Yin"
  • Saie Surendra
    Key Cast
  • Vijay Sodhi
    Key Cast
    "Lord Rama"
  • Maya Malik
    Key Cast
    The Beast of Romney Marsh (2020)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Fantasy, Historic, Action, Romance, Drama, Anime
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    9,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong, United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Chinese, English, Hindi, Russian, Tamil
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic URSA, Panasonic GH5
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Saie Surendra

Saie Surendra is a Motion Graphics & VFX artist who has worked on several Hollywood franchises. Also holds on-set experience on Bollywood and Kollywood films.

As a Monkey King enthusiast, has been part of several projects from designing and performing in theatre plays on the subject. Illustrated an English and Chinese language comic book. But most well known for his YouTube documentary series, 'Legend of a Monkey God'

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Director Statement

'Monkey Enters Lanka' is based on a famously retold folktale but from a more dark and gritty angle, focusing on the angle of Women Empowerment.

This is the miniature low-budget proof-of-concept version of my magnum opus.

As a IP without copyright, we have seen so many 'Monkey King' and 'Ramayana' Film and TV adaptations. I wanted to tell the story with a different type of flavour. Told from the Monkey's angle, in an Arthouse style combining Anime with Live-Action.

Over the course of 4 years, experimenting with different techniques, costumes and ideas, I took inspiration from some of my favourite films, ‘Sin City’ and ‘300’ and combined it with the folklore-superhero genre. This may well be a first!