Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)





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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 on the right road. But it may be already too late to heal the wounds of disappointment and separation.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Chinese Odyssey 2002

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Lau manages his humor without trying so hard, and the jokes slide through easily; he also masters the high gloss romance, plus one dazzling fight scene.

Full Review… | October 10, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Chinese Odyssey 2002

Lau manages his humor without trying so hard, and the jokes slide through easily; he also masters the high gloss romance, plus one dazzling fight scene.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Ok, Maybe there is such thing as Chinese humor and Eastern humor, and maybe I shouldn't call it a bad humor here, but I think I can distinguish between a good movie and a bad one, a good acting and poor acting. And as far as bad ones - there is plenty of them in China, in Russia or in US. Always will be.

Vitali Kononov
Vitali Kononov

A "Happy-New-Year" film of Hong Kong, 2002. Directed by Jeffrey Lau and produced by Kar-Wai Wong. It is a crazy and happy comedy featuring some top stars of all over China (some of them are familiar faces in Kar-Wai Wong's films) and full of (official) parodies of Kar-Wai Wong's films. Jeffrey Lau always makes films based on this kind of eccentric situation, but it is originated from his rich knowledge about traditional Chinese plays. For example, the use of sex as the core of comedy in this film (like a woman pretends as a man and fall in love with a man or a woman) is very original to China, I think. Well, it's just already good to watch Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Wei Zhao, and Chen Chang giving some crazy performances, so worth to check out.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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