Jin Akanishi to star in Chinese drama based on Sun Wukong

Actor and singer Jin Akanishi is set to appear in a Chinese drama based off of the popular mythical figure Sun Wukong, titled “The Legends of Monkey King”. The plot revolves around a mortal man (played by Hong Kong actor Raymond Lam) who somehow time-travels in the past and finds himself as the famous Sun Wukong. Unwilling to accept this strange fate he sets out to understand why this has happened to him, and restore things back to normal.

Jin will be playing the role of “Erlang Shen”, a god who is one of the fiercest warriors in the land. The exact role “Erlang Shen” will play in this interpretation of the Monkey King hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s been suggested that it will largely have something to do with his sister the “Holy Mother” (played by Jiang Meng Jie) who is also a main character. In traditional Chinese folklore “Elang Shen” is furious that his sister married a mortal, after giving birth he kidnaps her and keeps her hidden in the “sacred mountains”. She’s eventually rescued by her son.

Filming for “The Legends of Monkey King” will last for 5 months, 45 episodes are scheduled to be released via the streaming video service “youku”. The last time Jin was a main cast-member in a drama was nearly 10 years ago, where he played “Miroku Shochikubai” in NTV’s “Yukan Club”. Pictures from the press conference can be seen below!

(via avitrualvoyage)

  • Comments

    • BAD KID

      has he ditched japan for china?

      form a super group with the betraydols from suju and exo imo

    • kogamo

      That was certainly out of left field

    • james

      Jin Akanishi is actually quite popular in China.

      so even if he failed in Japan, at least he got the China market.

    • Monyu

      This is a great opportunity considering the huge boom in historical/fantasy c-dramas over the past few years. C-drama producers have been making a lot of effort to cast a lot of different ethnicity recently too even though they casted a few but Japanese celebrity, none has yet to play a prominent role so I was literally waiting for such news to occur.

      • Dashiya

        This is a web drama series, right?
        I think it is different with the popular historical drama you mentioned above but well I wish him luck.

        • Kotoko

          It’ll air on Youku and a chinese tv station that idk the name of rn

          • Dashiya

            It is good then. Sorry.I didn’t read the chinese TV channel too that why I thought only a web drama.

        • Suo

          China is a bit different from Japan and Korea because they usually have multiple buyers who would stream and air the show. Therefore, even if they say it’s an online series, by the time drama really gets to be broadcasted (which is usually a year from now), there will be 2-4 stations/sites that have broadcasting rights to the show too. So Jin has a chance to be exposed to more Chinese media.

    • Risa

      I’ll watch pretty much anything for Raymond Lam. Interesting move for Jin, wish him the best in this.

    • eplizo

      Quite random…. Hopefully it goes well for him though.

    • Okay….interesting I guess. Good Luck.

    • Kotoko

      Nice! Beautiful cast. Can’t wait to see this MOFO’s gorgeous face and Er Lang Shen… and maybe we’ll get some shirtless action? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e83e803bf86600474fe4f7ef79f7b45888f621e70e1eceda00955860db0da6c0.jpg

    • omg

      He’s not a strong actor and he doesn’t even understand Mandarin. I can already see his bad acting in this drama. The cast is all Chinese except for him. He’ll look awkward and it doesn’t help that he’s not a good actor.

      • Moki

        He will be fine as China often does voice overs for all of their actors and actresses in standardized mandarin. As for the acting. Even though he’s not good this is a perfect opportunity for him to learn how to act.

        • Kotoko

          IKR!? He hasn’t had many acting gigs and he’ll have the chance to act alongside so many talented people!

        • Torea Ng

          Not only that, the experience of working along side of some real good Chinese actors, directors, and he’ll probably learn a little Mandarin but also know that the Chinese pay very well, so he’ll make some money.

      • shirogane

        Yeah. They voice over everything even if they are already in mandarin. He’ll be fine.

        • dummy

          But what is he going to do with the dialogues? Act like a dummy? At least the other actors and actresses understand their dialogues and act accordingly.

          • Moki

            They will have him speak Japanese just like they had most Korean stars do. An example of this is in the recent drama Ice Fantasy. As long as their acting correlates with the dialogue for the dub then it’s fine. Most of the time viewers don’t notice it.

          • Risa

            It’ll be the same as when they cast Koreans in Taiwanese dramas they just speak Korean and they dub it into Mandarin- he’ll say his lines in Japanese and they’ll dub it.

          • bailey darbii

            it’s not rocket science….

        • kashiyuka

          why do they do that? Do some actors have really strong dialects or what..?

          • bailey darbii

            it’s so its all in a standard dialect. china has so many dialects it’s crazy. and that’s not even factoring in the cantonese actors.

    • Kyle


    • What

      He looks so good in that header picture..

    • 🌸Sayuri🌸

      im proud of jin :D he was blocked in japan tv but china love him ..i hope in the future he has more movies…good luck jin!
      un chico con muchas aspiraciones q no se conforma con lo que tiene :)

    • ohhello

      the comment saying he’s not a strong actor is a severe understatement…

    • guest

      Generally nice Jin comments on Arama? This makes me happy.

    • Lilli

      why do people keep saying jin is a bad actor…has no one here watched Bandage? anywayssss jin make your comeback and slay