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Journey to the West (2013)

Xi you xiang mo pian (original title)
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Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.

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Miss Duan
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Prince Important
Shing-Cheung Lee ...
Bingqiang Chen ...
KL Hog
Sihan Cheng ...
Master Nameless
Xing Yu ...
Fist of the North Star
Zhengyu Lu ...
Killer Yi
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Killer Er
Di Yang ...
Killer San
Chrissie Chow ...
Killer Si
Hangyu Ge ...
Killer Wu / Short Monkey King
Min Hun Fung ...
Taoist Priest
Lun Yeung ...
Mayor
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Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.

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Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence including bloody images, some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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7 February 2013 (China)  »

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$7,456 (USA) (7 March 2014)

Gross:

$17,734 (USA) (4 April 2014)
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A truly brilliant work by film maestro Stephen Chow! It is clever, comical and colourful all at once.
11 February 2013 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

An absolute breakthrough...! From the refreshingly inventive script ("X-MEN Origins" of Pigsy, Sandy etc.), mind-boggling CGI, dazzling Kungfu, beautiful cinematography, belly-aching comedy (look out for the hilarious fish demon purification scene), to the evocative moment when your heart is touched and your eyes streaming wet; which explains why it broke China's box office records, reaching USD$100 million (over RMB$0.6 billion) in 8 days (the fastest ever), and taking in USD$12.5 million (RMB$78 million) on the opening day alone (another first).

Stephen Chow has been honing his skill as a highly specialized film-maker par excellence, notably with Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7 and now Journey to the West - Conquering the Demons; injecting photo-realistic CGIs, comic innovations and content with a moral thread. Speaking of which, the key message that loving-kindness (Metta / Ci Ai / Universal Love) for all sentient beings is a transcendental quality that ultimately conquers ignorance, ego and hatred is conveyed pretty succinctly.*

Having watched it in both 2D and 3D, I must say that the stereoscopic version certainly heightened the virtual realism that gave James Cameron's Avatar an extra oomph.

The bad thing about this movie is - it leaves you hungry for even more, despite the running time being nearly 2 hours (110 min) in its cinematic version. Hopefully, Stephen Chow decides to produce a sequel, which would almost certainly need to feature a celestial dragon, perhaps like the magnificent one from Sam Neill's The Dragon Pearl.

*See Dhammapada (Ancient Collection of Short Sayings by The Buddha) Verse 5 - Hatred is never appeased by hatred. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is a timeless law.


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