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.
Tang Monk brings three disciples on a journey to the West. On the outside, everything seems harmonious. However, tension is present beneath the surface, and their hearts and minds are not in agreement. After a series of demon-capturing events, the monk and his disciples gain mutual understanding of each others' hardships and unease. Finally, they resolve their inner conflict and work together to become an all-conquering, demon-exorcising team.
With the iconic director, Stephen Chow, as producer and screen writer and Hark Tsui, as director and popular superstar Kris Wu as the leading actor, the highly anticipated movie "a Journey to West: Demon Chapter" has every reasons to be business successful. Majority of people go to movie to enjoy Stephen Chow's signature sense of humor and the mind-blowing special effect, which by the way, is one of the best in China. The movie did live up to their expectation. The highest box office has proved that audience is satisfied.
But movie critics may hesitate to see the movie because they think it would be another remake of the classic Chinese traditional folk tale "a journey to west". As it turns out, the movie "a Journey to West: Demon Chapter " is everything but cliché.
Based on the novel, the relationships among character had further developed, new screenplay gave those characters more human touch and the movie was able to show another side of main character. Especially by demonstrating the interaction between Tang Seng and The Monkey King, and the flash back of Ms. Duan, the movie has shown us that Tang Seng was not only a determined monk but also a man with emotions and wisdom. Without giving too much details, I have to say that the plot of the movie is exciting and more importantly, surprising. Last but not lease, the actors are also worth mentioning. The way the movie portraits character is unexpected yet amazingly enjoyable, from the artistic style design to the actor selection, especially Tang Seng, Kris Wu has shown that he is more than just a pretty face.
All in all, "a Journey to West: Demon Chapter" is a success both in box revenue and among critics.
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