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Journey To The West (2014)

Journey To The West



Critic Consensus: As sweet, silly, action-packed and ridiculous as director Steven Chow's best work, Journey to the West serves up dazzling action sequences while playing its disparate elements against each other with thrilling abandon.

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Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. --(C) Magnetmore
Rating: PG-13 (for fantasy violence including bloody images, some sexual content and partial nudity.)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Lu Zheng Yu, Ivy Kong, Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok, Fung Chih Chiang
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 27, 2014
Box Office: $17.7k
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


Qi Shu
as Miss Duan
Zhang Wen
as Xuan Zang
Bo Huang
as Sun Wukong
Show Lo
as Prince Important
Cheng Si Han
as Master Nameless
Xing Yu
as First Of The North S...
Lu Zheng Yu
as Killer One
Chiu Chi Ling
as Killer Two
Yang Di
as Killer San
Ge Hang Yu
as Short Monkey King
Fung Ming Hun
as Taoist Priest
Chiu Chi-ling
as Killer Two
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Critic Reviews for Journey To The West

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
Top Critic

Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.

Full Review… | April 14, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Top Critic

Mr. Chow has perhaps achieved more sustained and elaborate adventures, but he hits a sweet spot of comedy that never grows too self-aware or forgets the value of a good, clean demon whomping.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

The final product is very much Chow - with elaborately staged stunts, slapstick inspired by silent Hollywood, and a silliness that will appeal to kids (as well as some black humor that may take some explaining for younger audiences).

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Journey To The West

A Buddhist demon hunter who tries to redeem evil spirits clashes with a powerful mercenary huntress who keeps killing his potential converts; she also falls in love with him, despite his vow of chastity, and together they seek the Monkey King's help to defeat a powerful boar demon. The special effects aren't up to Hollywood standards and the Chinese comedy tropes are unfamiliar, but only the most unimaginative and parochial Westerner could fail to be charmed by this endlessly inventive and surprising fantasy/comedy/romance from Stephen (KUNG FU HUSTLE) Chow.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


is A bit of a misstep for the up-until-now reliable Stephen Chow. The movie sits uncomfortably between parody and literal rendering of Classical Chinese literature.

Stephen Chow's version of Journey to the West is okay, but kind of all over the place. And it's nowhere near as fun to watch as Shaolin Soccer or Kung Fu Hustle. I'd say SKIP IT.

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