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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2013
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2013
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2014
flashy and exciting, don't miss if you like action movies
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on May 20, 2015
This is a great movie for part 1 &2 But we're part 2 was a blank dvd the package was delivered on time and there was 2 dics inside but the 2nd dvd was blank
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on April 14, 2015
It kinda bogs down in places and even gets downright stupid, but brilliant in other places!!!
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