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A Chinese Tall Story (2005)
"Qing dian da sheng" (original title)

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A love story between an alien and a monk.



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Credited cast:
Yue Meiyan
Princess Xiaoshan
Kenny Kwan ...
Steven Cheung ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny Bee ...
Alternate face of Buddha
Wai-Man Chan
Goo-Bi GC
Dong Han
Kara Hui ...
Cool Ping
San Kao
Yiu-Cheung Lai
Tats Lau


Taking place in the younger days of the famous monk, Tripitaka (known for bringing the sacred Bhuddist sutras from India to China), the film tells a fantastical adventure of the monk and his three disciples. On their way to the city of Shache, the monk narrowly escapes an attack from a group of demons. While trying to think of a way to rescue his disciples, he is captured by the king of reptiles and placed under the vigilance of Meiyan, an ugly demon who falls in love with the monk. Luckily, a princess from another galaxy rescues the monk, deeply affecting Meiyan, who pursues the two. In a twist of fate, the ugly Meiyan decides to help her beloved and teams up with the princess to rescue Tripitaka's three disciples. Written by Ploy P.

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Release Date:

22 December 2005 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

A Chinese Tall Story  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$28,449 (Hong Kong) (6 January 2006)


$1,062,153 (Hong Kong) (6 January 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tripitaka: 500 years ago, Wukong wrecked havoc in the Celestial Court. Today, it's my turn!
Sun Wukong: Wish I was that cool back then.
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Spoofs A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995) See more »


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Performed by Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi
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Amazing but confusing!
23 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Right this may be the wine talking but this could be the best movie I've seen in a very long time. Granted I spent much of the first half an hour wondering what the hell was going on but once I had accepted that I would never understand everything from the subtitles I was able to enjoy the film.

Can you really hate a film where a staff turns into a flock of birds that defecate over the enemy? What does character development matter when faced with a lesbian alien princess whose people built the pyramids? Why does Buddha wear seriously blinging diamond earrings? Does any of this matter when faced with the sheer sumptuousness of the visuals and the sly humour of the characters. Any battle for my heart was won once I saw the main protagonist dressed as spider-man - awesome! Many people will complain about a lack of story cohesion but for a fun movie to laugh about with a bunch of mates you can't do better, especially if you do an alcoholic shot every time someone says "I will love you 10,000 years".

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