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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.

Directors:

Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok (co-director) (as Derek Kwok)

Writers:

Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou), Chi-kin Kwok (as Zijian Guo) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Qi Shu ... Duan Xiaojie / Miss Duan
Zhang Wen ... Xuan Zang
Bo Huang ... Sun Wukong / Monkey King
Show Lo ... Kongxu Gongzi / Prince Important (as Zhixiang Luo)
Sheung-ching Lee Sheung-ching Lee ... Sha Seng (as Shangzheng Li)
Bingqiang Chen Bingqiang Chen ... Zhu Ganglie / KL Hog
Sihan Cheng Sihan Cheng ... Wuming Shifu / Master Nameless
Xing Yu ... Beidou Wuxing Quan / Fist of the North Star (as Xingyu)
Zhengyu Lu ... Killer Yi
Chi Ling Chiu ... Killer Er
Di Yang Di Yang ... Killer San
Chrissie Chau ... Killer Si
Hangyu Ge Hangyu Ge ... Killer Wu / Short Monkey King
Min Hun Fung ... Taoist Priest
Lun Yeung Lun Yeung ... Mayor
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Storyline

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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Based on the original story that inspired the international cult classic TV series Monkey. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

China | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

7 February 2013 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Journey to the West See more »

Filming Locations:

Heng Dian, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,456, 9 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,018,058
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the highest grossing film of 2013 in China, making 1.247 billion yuan. See more »

Connections

Version of Saiyûki (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Darling General (aka Chuang Jiang Ling)
Composed by Yu Hui Yong and Hu Deng Tiao
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries Inc.
Under Licence from Sony Pictures Music Group
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A small gem in the Chinese cinema...
27 July 2014 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

A great take on the classic Chinese legend, and director Stephen Chow does it with his usual finesse and sense of mixing up comedy with action.

I must admit that I was a little bit skeptic at first, given the synopsis and the legend to which the movie is based upon. But with talents such as Stephen Chow behind the wheel, it just had to be experienced. And of course, also with the lovely Shu Qi in the movie it is not one to be missed.

There is a good amount of action throughout the movie matched up with good choreographed fighting and wire stunts. But it all comes together for an enjoyable end result, which is what matters. And the comedy throughout the movie was great. If you enjoyed "Kung Fu Soccer" or "Kung Fu Hustle", then you will also enjoy "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons", no doubt about it.

The costumes and sets were great and really added a lot to the movie. But also hats off to the special effects team. They really managed to pull it off quite nicely, and these demons were quite interesting to look at, yet convincing enough to appear real. So thumbs up for that.

There is a nice continuous flow to the movie, where the alternation between comedy, action and romance is a good change of pace and makes for a great roller-coaster experience.

It should be said that "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" is the type of movie that you will only fully enjoy if you have an interest in Chinese cinema and more or less an interest in Chinese mythology.

The cast was good, and there was a great chemistry between Shu Qi and Zhang Wen on the screen, both in a comedy way, but also during the action sequences.

"Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" scores an easy 7 out of 10 stars from me.


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