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Chinese Odyssey 1 & 2

4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box Inspired by the Chinese classic A Journey to the West, this film has the Monkey King (Stephen Chow) reincarnated in human form as Joker, a highwayman oblivious to his original identity and the fact that 500 years earlier, he and his master, The Longevity Monk (Kar-Ying Law), were punished to say human until they could complete the journey to the west. Pursued by mythical beings motivated to locate and kill the Longevity Monk, Joker finds himself subjected to extreme emotions of love and loss. Everything is a welter of randomness until he finds and opens the Pandora's Box, which carries him down memory lane to a land of nothingness five hundred years earlier. A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella In this sequel to Pandora's Box, now stranded five centuries in the past, Joker (Stephen Chow) is destined to meet Cinderella, a woman whom he will fall madly in love with and who will change his life altogether. He will also relive the scene of the Monkey King being subdued by Bodhisattva (enlightenment being). Reacquainted with the importance of Longevity Monk's journey to help suffering people, Joker finally agrees to become the Monkey King again and complete the journey to the west with his master. By doing so he must let go of all worldly desires, including love.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008WAM36O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Stephen Chow created an amazing body of work for the Hong Kong market in the 1990s, and very little of it has trickled to the West. Unfortunately, since since smash hit "Kung Fu Hustle", he has been largely paralyzed into inactivity. What a shame, because as a comedian - and he is primarily a comedian, not a martial artist - he rates among the world's best. Slowly we are seeing some of his classics get English subtitled releases.

'Chinese Odyssey 1 & 2' are two back-to-back movies that are the wildest and most surreal of his career, and that's saying a lot! They tell the story of the Monkey King and are done in a style similar to Terry Gilliam in 'Time Bandits'. Off-the-wall humor and sight gags rule the day. But underneath all the buffoonery and make-up there is a great love story and a plot not unlike "Back to the Future'.

If you like Hong Kong cinema and want to see something more than a little different, I highly recommend these two movies. The price is right, and unlike my previous HK version, the subtitles make sense. Non-stop action and comedy, but with a serious side, 'Chinese Odyssey 1 & 2' will entertain you. There is an exceptional ensemble cast, but Stephen Chow steals the day as usual, even when he is disguised as the Monkey King.

I can only hope for even more Chow to be released, such as the 'Fight Back To School' series or 'Forbidden City Cop'. How about 'God of Cookery' or 'From Being With Love'?
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These were the first two Stephen Chow movies I saw. I loved them and became a fan. This has to do with the Monkey King. Check them out and his other films.
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Saw this movie when I was a kid... Still consider this one of the best movies (I'm considering both movies as one) ever. The pacing and the comedy might not be suitable for everyone, but it's totally worth it once you you've watched both movies. Also.. try re-watching it, you will catch a lot of things you were not able to initially.

Highly recommend it if you're able to deal with the pacing.
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i am in love with Stephen Chow, this movie was previously only available for the Honk kong market. it is a 2 part Epic Tale of the Monkey King and very similar to his new movie journey to the West. all the elements of a supernatural Chinese tale are here- Demons, Goddesses, Monks and monsters.
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It's just so damn hilarious! It mixes between romance and comedy making you laugh hard, but also cry hard! It also has lots of meaning in the movie. If you like comedy I recommend watching this!
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If you liked CJ7, Shoalin Soccer, or Kung Fu Hustle than this movie collection is for you. My Kids and I loved both films. Good for familys , kids or kids at heart.
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I've always been a fan of the Journey to the West story. Certainly a fantastical foray into it! A must have for Stephen Chow film lovers!
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flashy and exciting, don't miss if you like action movies
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