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A Chinese Tall Story (2005)

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Jeffrey Lau's epic, mythological fantasy adventure A Chinese Tall Story unfurls in the distant past, when a small band of travelers - monk Tripitaka (Nicholas Tse) and his (human) companions Monkey King (Chen Bo-lin), Piggy (Kenny Kwan) and Sandy (Steven Cheung) - embark on a lengthy, danger-filled quest through the Himalayan foothills to retrieve some Buddhist scriptures. En route, they encounter all manner of obstacles, such as being sabotaged by The Tree Demon and attacked by a band of cannibalistic lizard men. In a more realistic episode, Tripitaka must grapple with the unrequited love that a homely outcast, Yue Meiyan (Charlene Choi) feels for him; he then ultimately winds up in the midst of an elfin storybook village where he encounters an empathetic waylaid princess (Fan Bingbing). Throughout, director Lau plays aggressively with the film form, packing in everything from witty puns to cinematic allusions to postmodern cultural asides.

Cast

Nicholas Tse
as Tripitaka
Charlene Choi
as Yue Meiyan
Bingbing Fan
as Princess Xiaoshan
Bo-lin Chen
as Monkey King
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Audience Reviews for A Chinese Tall Story

So imperfect, but so powerful. I can say so many complaints about this film, but still I can say more words of praise. It uses the characters of "Journey to the West," but is a completely original story. It is like a hot pot in which everything possible is put. It does not have elaborate plot like same director's "Chinese Odyssey," but eccentricity is much more. I don't like they meaninglessly put scenes of parody of Hollywood films, but poor CG animation can be pardoned. Nicholas Tse is getting cooler and cooler these days after he cuts off his long hair - the types of the role he can play gets broader, too. Undoubtedly he's gonna be one of the best actors in Hong Kong. Charlene's ugly make-up was really ugly, and it's kinda too long you need to see it, but her cuteness stands out, as the director intends, after she take it off. Jeffrey Lau is definitely a creator worth to track.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya
½

Lots of Kung-Fu fun.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

The some parts of the movie is mixed from Chinese classical novels and literature, so it might be a bit confusing (or even absolutely nonsensical) for those who dont know about it. Xuanzang (in the story he is called as Tripitaka), is a budhist monk that is on a pilgrimage to india, to obtain Bhuddist religious texts called Sutras. He is accompanied by 3 protectors during his journey, namely Sun Wukong (the Monkey King), Zhu Bajie (the Pig Monk), and Sha Wujing (the Sand Monk). The story takes place on middle earth, when they arrive in the city of Sache..... Although the plot displaying on the movie board says that its a love story, honestly, theres so much more to it than that, theres evil tree spirits, a millenium bug deamon (lol crazy !), swarms of bug soldiers, lizard people, imps, and time travelers from the future. Hawayy! I loved the CGI! It reminded me very much of Final Fantasy slash Stargate slash (Dragon ball Z??!) Okay so the movie made me cry a bit, ehehe! I wasnt really expecting to be blown away by this, this exceeded my expectations by a mile wide! I was only expecting cheezy comedy when I got this, but lo and behold Im very suprised and quite pleased with this one! :D Im mighty interested with getting a copy of the Journey to the West (book), all just because of this movie. Please keep in mind that this movie is, as the title says, A TALL TALE, it is not to be analyzed or taken so seriously. It is after all a chinese comedy/drama/fantasy/sci-fi/action-adventure movie, and their target market included kids.

Ginny  X
Ginny  X

Super Reviewer

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