Journey To The West (2014)
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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as Miss Duan
as Sun Wukong
as Prince Important
as Sha Wujing
as KL Hog
as Master Nameless
as Fist of the North Star
as Killer Yi
as Killer Er
as Killer San
as Short Monkey King
as Taoist Priest
as Killer Two
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Critic Reviews for Journey To The West
Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.
Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.
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.
By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.
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.
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).
Audience Reviews for Journey To The West
There was one scene that made me lmao and one scene that made me cry, but otherwise this is a bastardisation of a prequel of the real Journey to the West story.
A much better version of the Monkey King story than the other outing with Donnie Yen made the same year.
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.
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