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Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)

Tian xia wu shuang (original title)
In Ming Dynasty China, two pairs of siblings are destined for each other. But fate throws countless obstacles in the path of their happiness. One pair is high-born: the young Emperor and ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Lau

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Jeffrey Lau (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Li Yilong (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Faye Wong ... Princess Wushuang
Wei Zhao ... Phoenix
Chen Chang ... Emperor Zheng De
Roy Cheung ... Chu Liangshim
Athena Chu ... Amour Amour
Rebecca Pan ... Queen mother
Jan Lamb ... Comentary (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fai-Hung Chan ... Emperor (voice)
Lung Chan
Goo-Bi GC ... Phoenix (voice)
Eric Kot
Jeffrey Lau ... President Chen
Jing Ning
Xiyue Shao Xiyue Shao
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Storyline

In Ming Dynasty China, two pairs of siblings are destined for each other. But fate throws countless obstacles in the path of their happiness. One pair is high-born: the young Emperor and his sister Wushuang, both confined to the Imperial Palace and very much under the thumb of their mother, the Empress Dowager. The other pair is decidedly lowborn: the wanderer Li Yilong (known as King Bully for the way he terrorized the town of Meilong in his youth) and his sister Phoenix, who still runs a restaurant in Meilong. When both the young Emperor and his sister Wushuang contrive to leave the Palace and head south, they meet the loves of their lives in Meilong. But Wushuang has disguised herself as a man, and the Emperor is incognito. Numerous confusions, complications and misunderstandings ensue: genders and gender-roles are reversed, class differences prove hard to negotiate and identities and egos block the promptings of desire. It takes the interventions of a goddess to get everyone back ... Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Taiwan]

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese | Mandarin

Release Date:

6 February 2002 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Odissey See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Li Yilong: Often, if one loves too deeply, it is intoxicating, If one hates too long, the heart is easily shattered, The most painful experience in life, however, is waiting. I don't know how long she waited. I thought all along I would never see her again. Suddenly, I didn't know what to say, I couldn't figure out how to say ... to tell her I really love her.
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Superb comedy - sweet and moving, yet totally wacky!
13 January 2005 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

Chinese Odyssey is a thoroughly pleasant romantic comedy, captained by an extremely attractive cast of actors, and accompanied by delightful music. The plot is lifted right off of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and pulled off with remarkable wit and flair. It is certainly the best written Chinese comedy I've seen, and the gags are as much in the words and situations as in the visual setting and the facial mimicry.

The movie starts off as intense comedy, with hilariously effective anachronisms strewn about. Gradually, it becomes more and more serious about the love story, which is indeed genuinely moving, thanks to the brilliant cast, particularly Vicki Zhao and Faye Wong, who are both stunning-looking.

(Vicki Zhao is the kung fu girl from Shaolin Soccer; she is great; she can play anything, from emotionally devastated to deliciously sexy. And while I haven't seen beautiful songstress Faye Wong before, she looked very familiar to me, probably because she resembles Sandrine Holt a great deal. I also see in her filmography that she is in "2046", which is one of the next movies I plan to watch and review at IMDb.)

Chinese Odyssey is so beautifully shot, and stars such beautiful people, that one has to watch it twice; once to read the subtitles and once to look at people's faces! :-)

I don't know why everyone keeps calling this movie "nonsense" - it's not nonsense! It's the Monty Python- and Umberto Ecoesque humorous juxtaposition of elements with little or no mutual relevance! It's the highest form of comedy!

Anyway, this is an extremely good, pleasant and funny movie, with no negative elements that I can think of. 9 out of 10.


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