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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.


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


Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou), Chi-Kin Kwok (as Zijian Guo) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Qi Shu ... Miss Duan
Zhang Wen ... Xuan Zang
Bo Huang ... Sun Wukong
Show Lo ... Prince Important
Sheung-ching Lee ... Sand Monk
Bingqiang Chen ... KL Hog
Sihan Cheng Sihan Cheng ... Master Nameless
Xing Yu ... Fist of the North Star (as Xingyu)
Zhengyu Lu ... Killer Yi
Chi Ling Chiu ... Killer Er
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


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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Did You Know?


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


Version of The Monkey Prince (1997) See more »


Frère Jacque
French folk song
[Sung (with Chinese words) by one of Prince Important's handmaids]
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Stephen Chow's latest is wacky and scary fun. Not to be missed.
20 February 2013 | by l_c_worldSee all my reviews

I saw the TV commercials and trailers and thought : what a piece of sh*t! Is this the kind of movie Stephen Chow, who directed and starred in Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7, all good movies, is making now? Boy was I wrong. Never have I seen a movie trailer that I thought was sh*t and the movie turns out to be so much fun (except Robocop-but that's a classic on another level.).

Stephen Chow had so smartly kept the good stuff out of the TV commercials. The movie far surpassed my expectations. I went to see it simply because of good word of mouth and it opened Huge. Also news was going around that this movie scared 6-8 year old children and made them cry in the theaters. Yes, there are parts of this movie that are intense, violent, bloody. Not what people expect from comedy king and family entertainment star Stephen Chow. But there are also children laughing. So warning : not suitable for kids under... 10 ? PG? PG13?

This looks and feel like a good old Hong Kong movie. I love it. Sadly, the once exciting Hong Kong movie industry is a shadow of it's former self. With most productions moving to China now.

Stephen Chow unfortunately does not appear in this movie at all. He directed, worked on the screenplay and co-produced it. Had a younger Chow starred as the male lead this movie would have been even better. Shu Qi is pretty as always and the entire cast is good.

The classic story of Journey to the West is given a new twist. In the hundreds years old story the Monkey King was imprisoned by Bhuddha for wreaking havoc in heaven. He must seek redemption with Piggy, Sandy monk to help Tang Seng on his journey to seek enlightenment. I won't give away the story of this movie. But I will say that I was very satisfied and that if you like Hong Kong movies or Stephen Chow's movie, you must go to the theater to see it.

Also the 3D stereoscopic effects were well done.

I might add that the Monkey King in the movie is not what most people expect but not untrue to literature. He's been trapped 500 years and he's mad as hell ! The Taiwanese actor that played him is the best in the movie. He played every nuance. Also Monkey King only change to one other form despite having the ability to change to 72 forms in the book(not including human form).

For once I think a good dubbing is actually better than subtitles because there is so much going on in the screen and reading the subtitles takes your eyes away from the action. This movie deserves(and probably will get) a USA (or worldwide) theatrical release.

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Release Date:

7 February 2013 (China) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Heng Dian, China


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,456, 9 March 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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