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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 & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Qi Shu ... Miss Duan
Zhang Wen ... Xuan Zang
Bo Huang ... Sun Wukong
Show Lo ... Prince Important
Sheung-ching Lee 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 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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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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Details

Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$18,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,637,183
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby Atmos)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film marks the beginning of Stephen Chow's filmmaking career without an acting role. See more »

Connections

Version of Monkey Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Fishermen's Song of the East Sea
Composed by Gu Guan Ren and Ma Sheng Long
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Under Licence from Sony Pictures Music Group
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A truly brilliant work by film maestro Stephen Chow! It is clever, comical and colourful all at once.
11 February 2013 | by dr-ongSee all my reviews

An absolute breakthrough...! From the refreshingly inventive script ("X-MEN Origins" of Pigsy, Sandy etc.), mind-boggling CGI, dazzling Kungfu, beautiful cinematography, belly-aching comedy (look out for the hilarious fish demon purification scene), to the evocative moment when your heart is touched and your eyes streaming wet; which explains why it broke China's box office records, reaching USD$100 million (over RMB$0.6 billion) in 8 days (the fastest ever), and taking in USD$12.5 million (RMB$78 million) on the opening day alone (another first).

Stephen Chow has been honing his skill as a highly specialized film-maker par excellence, notably with Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, CJ7 and now Journey to the West - Conquering the Demons; injecting photo-realistic CGIs, comic innovations and content with a moral thread. Speaking of which, the key message that loving-kindness (Metta / Ci Ai / Universal Love) for all sentient beings is a transcendental quality that ultimately conquers ignorance, ego and hatred is conveyed pretty succinctly.*

Having watched it in both 2D and 3D, I must say that the stereoscopic version certainly heightened the virtual realism that gave James Cameron's Avatar an extra oomph.

The bad thing about this movie is - it leaves you hungry for even more, despite the running time being nearly 2 hours (110 min) in its cinematic version. Hopefully, Stephen Chow decides to produce a sequel, which would almost certainly need to feature a celestial dragon, perhaps like the magnificent one from Sam Neill's The Dragon Pearl.

*See Dhammapada (Ancient Collection of Short Sayings by The Buddha) Verse 5 - Hatred is never appeased by hatred. It is appeased only by loving-kindness. This is a timeless law.


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