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Hot off the success of last year’s box office record-setting smash The Mermaid, Stephen Chow brought us a sequel this Lunar New Year to his 2013 film Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. While it set an opening day record in China, and was initially released in North America on roughly twice as many screens, it has thus far failed to match The Mermaid’s financial success. I have no idea why that is, anyone who claims to understand what makes the difference between a hit and a super-hit is a liar or a fool, but I can theorize that the film’s somewhat mixed critical response is a response to its weird hybrid nature. Not just in the ways Chow situates a sincere appreciation for religion within a goofy pop context, but in the film’s dual authorship between Chow, who co-wrote and produced, and Tsui Hark, who directed. »
Directed by Tsui Hark and produced and co-written by Stephen Chow, Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back is the latest film based on the classic Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West’. The cast includes Kris Wu, Kenny Lin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun and Bao Bei-Er. Thanks to Magnum Films, we have Five double passes for the film to give away to our readers. For a chance to win, all you have to do is to follow these two steps: 1) Like the Magnum Film Facebook page, and 2) Email your name and postal address to me at: hugo[at]screenanarchy.com Journey to the West 2: The Demons Strike Back will open in Australian cinemas on January 28 and this...
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2 items from 2017
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