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 Nicholas Orton (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Kwan Ying (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Monkey King (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Confucius (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Friar Sand (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Pigsy (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Shu (2 episodes, 2001)
Henry O ...
 Wu Chan Yen (2 episodes, 2001)
Kay Sui Lim ...
 Subodhi (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Professor Sheng (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Marcus Harding (2 episodes, 2001)
Sai-Kit Yung ...
 Jade Emperor (2 episodes, 2001)
Kwong Loke ...
 Imperial Crier (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Skeleton Demon (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Big Demon (2 episodes, 2001)
Hossan Leong ...
 Spectacles Demon (2 episodes, 2001)
Hon Ping Tang ...
 Nine Inch Nail Demon (2 episodes, 2001)
Picasso Tan ...
 Pointy Head Demon (2 episodes, 2001)
Pik Sen Lim ...
 Granny Monkey (2 episodes, 2001)
Jacqueline Chan ...
 Mother Superior (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Prince of Confusion (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Elizabeth (2 episodes, 2001)
Chia Suan ...
 Whitesnake (2 episodes, 2001)
Gregory Teo ...
 Chef 1 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Chef 2 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Confusion's 4th Wife (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Linda (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Communist Official (2 episodes, 2001)
Jeremy Zhang ...
 Barman / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Terracotta Warrior 1 (2 episodes, 2001)
Stiven Liang ...
 Terracotta Warrior 2 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Terracotta Warrior 3 (2 episodes, 2001)
Takatsuna Mukai ...
 Wolf-Demon General (2 episodes, 2001)
Steven Woon ...
 Bearded Priest (2 episodes, 2001)
Marjorie Ho ...
 Old Liang (2 episodes, 2001)
Cecil Cheng ...
 Monkey (2 episodes, 2001)
Teo-Wa Vuong ...
 Maiden 1 (2 episodes, 2001)
Yuka Uto ...
 Maiden 2 (2 episodes, 2001)
Anthony Chinn ...
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American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng En. He is accompanied on his journey by a humanoid ape with incredible strength and magical powers, a humanoid pig-man, and his brother-in-arms, an ex-cannibal. Based on one of the greatest stories in Chinese history. Written by Lawrence De Meza <demzalf@earthlink.net>

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Journey to a world where kingdoms fall and heroes rise. See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Loosely based on the story from classical Chinese Literature "Journey to the West". See more »

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Nicholas Orton: So I might never get rich, buy my own jet, or even maintain a stock portfolio. But when I look in her eyes, I know that none of these things really matter.
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Enjoyable despite numerous weaknesses
23 February 2005 | by (Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, the weaknesses of this movie are numerous. The acting is, for the most part, horribly wooden, particularly with the lesser supporting characters. The real-world history is way off (among other flaws already pointed out in other reviews, "Journey to the West" is, according to what I've read at least, closer to 400 years old than 500, and the official objection to the manuscript was its nontraditional form rather than its content). Some of the characters, particularly four of the Five Traditional Masters, are way underdeveloped. Portraying Confucius as a self-serving sycophant is just *wrong.*

If you're already familiar with the original story of "Journey to the West" and can't bear to see it butchered -- which is exactly what happens here -- then follow the one-star ratings given here and avoid this movie like the plague.

For anyone else, this is a fun piece of work. It was hardly Emmy-worthy in any category (with the possible exception of Bai Ling's impassioned performance as the Goddess of Mercy) and has numerous plot holes not worthy of David Huang, but the story travels on well with only a couple of relatively minor diversions (well, I guess NBC wanted to make sure they had a good two-part miniseries), one can really care about those characters that do receive proper development, and can wonder and worry about the story's outcome.


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