Watched: A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box

After watching “Journey to the West”, directed by Stephen Chow, I wanted to watch “A Chinese Odyssey” in which Chow is only an actor. According to the ratings, these both movies are the best adaptions of this Chinese Novel about the Monkey King and his Journey.

This is indeed the best adaption I have seen. It’s packed with lots of Hong Kong humor, romance, Stephen Chow and the HK effect palette of the ’90 that we all love so much.

This movie is Part 1 of 2 and seems more like a prelude for the second part. Of course you should watch both or none at all as part 2 begins where part 1 ends.

 

Poster for the movie ""

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box

Director
Jeff Lau Chun-Wai
Runtime
1 h 28 min
Release Date
21 January 1995
Genres
Fantasy, Adventure
Overview
Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain immortality), the Monkey King is reincarnated as the Joker. He now spends his time chasing two jealous women. When one of them is dying, the Joker goes back in time in an attempt to save her.

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