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A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box (1995)

Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap (original title)
Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeffrey Lau

Writers:

Jeffrey Lau (as An Chi), Cheng'en Wu (novel) (as Ch'eng-En Wu)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Chow ... Joker / Monkey King
Man-Tat Ng ... Assistant Master / Pigsy
Kar-Ying Law ... Longevity Monk
Kit Ying Lam ... Spider Woman
Karen Mok ... Pak Jing-Jing
Johnnie Kong Johnnie Kong ... Sha Wujing (as Johnny Kong)
Shuming Lu Shuming Lu ... Bull King
Jeffrey Lau ... The Grapes
Athena Chu ... Zixia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Yan Lee Kin-Yan Lee
Li Po Lung Li Po Lung ... Monkey Servant
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Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain immortality), the Monkey King is reincarnated as the Joker. He now spends his time chasing two jealous women. When one of them is dying, the Joker goes back in time in an attempt to save her. Written by Anonymous

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One of Stephen Chow's best performances!
13 November 1999 | by KinmuiSee all my reviews

Don't expect this movie to be the typical comedy/adventure/action HK movie. In fact it's a very well written tragedy, not only about love, but life in general. The acting is excellent, especially for Stephen Chow and Karen Mok. Since the story is split into two movies, you must watch them both to fully understand the whole story.

Even though the characters are taken from the classic novel "Journey to the West", however, it has nothing to do with the original. I surely will not even consider it as an adaption... a REINVENTION is probably the correct word.

If all you are looking for is a few good laughs, the movie has plenty. But this movie definitely have more to offer, so enjoy!


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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

21 January 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chinese Odyssey See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,499,696
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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