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Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002) (2002)

Tony Leung , Faye Wong , Jeffrey Lau  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Wei Zhao, Chen Chang
  • Directors: Jeffrey Lau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002)" on IMDb

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The Modern Art and Period Comedy Come Together Stunningly... --Variety

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Winner of the Best Actress and Best Film Awards from the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Jeffrey Lau s Chinese Odyssey 2002 is a unique martial arts comedy-romance that sends up Shakespeare, the Shaw Brothers, Beijing Opera high-wire thrills, and even producer Wong Kar-Wai s signature stylistic excess. A movie that (packs a lot of laughs and action into a beautifully shot 105 minutes - Variety), Chinese Odyssey 2002 follows royal heirs Princess Wushuang (Asian pop diva and Chungking Express heroine Faye Wong) and future Emperor Zheng De (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon s Chen Chang) as they escape the Forbidden City to taste life among Ming Dynasty China s have-nots. But in a gender-bending twist, the princess disguises herself as a fierce male warrior who proves equally beguiling to both martial arts master King Bully (In the Mood for Love star Tony Leung, cast hilariously against type) and his sister Phoenix (Shaolin Soccer scene stealer Wei Zhao). When King Bully plays family match-maker, the foppish (and afro-wigged!) young emperor is forced to compete with his own sister for the beautiful commoner s hand. Combining swordfights, slapstick, satire, songs, and genuine sentiment into a lightning-paced big-screen farrago of (identity changes and gender confusions; plot contortions, clever puns and a great punchline - Time Out London), Chinese Odyssey 2002 may be the mother of all mo lei tau films the crazy-quilt Hong Kong super-farces recently popularized in the West by Stephen Chow.

2002 Hong Kong 90 min. Color Letterboxed (1.85:1) Enhanced for 16x9 TVs In Cantonese with Optional English Subtitles

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough for a Fri. night stay-in January 8, 2011
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This movie is funny. It's entertaining enough for a Fri. night stay-in. I'd recommend to my friends.
Note----Chinese is my native language. So I can't comment on how the viewing experience for those need English subtitle since I did not pay attention to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exactly as described February 1, 2010
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This is one of the best Chinese comedies I've ever seen. The scripting and jokes translated well and I give it 5* for pure enjoyment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like one of Shakespeare's comedies May 6, 2012
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A charming film whose lovely imagery and sweet ironies are the closest thing you might find to one of Shakespeare's comedies. Like Shakespeare, the story manages, somehow, to be both cynical and romantic, to both affirm love and know that it is mad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, yes, but cute. February 16, 2014
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A real feel good movie. Silly at times but that added to the charm of this very enjoyable, innocent romantic comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars goofy, wacky, slapstick, oddball comedy January 21, 2014
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comedy is very subjective. this is just goofy comedy. there's no action like shaolin soccer, there's no violence like kung fu hustle. If you're particular about your comedy, just move on. you'll probably appreciate something else more. If you can suspend any expectations and just go with it, it's entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!! June 14, 2013
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I am learning to speak Chinese, so I thought this movie might be a good one to watch. It was hilarious!! Highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars witty and romantic April 17, 2013
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I 1st saw this movie without subtitles and found it compelling enough to watch even though I didn't understand any of the dialog. It was like watching a great silent movie because the action told the story.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, plus a Terrific Romance Story November 26, 2009
It won picture of the year and best actress for Faye Wong, in Hong Kong. It is a comedy, but you need to see where it comes from -- the Producer is Wong Kar-Wai, who made, Chungking Express, Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels, 2046, etc. -- as such, those movies are all "spoofed" along with Chinese fight movies in general. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would be another example of where the comedy is coming from.

Next Tony Leung and Faye Wong -- you know them from Chungking Express and 2046 where they worked together; are just OUTSTANDING with so much chemistry it is amazing. You can tell they just love each other and had such fun -- which is SO nice to see after the seriousness of the Wong Kar-Wai movies. The other leads I was not familiar with -- but they were just outstanding too .. Wei Zhao comes across as such a "character" as my Dad would say -- her sweetness and comic understanding just comes through.

Think of Shakespeare and how he played comically with male and female role reversals in order to get the context of the plot twist and turns right. Now add the story of a Princess who wants to experience life as a "commoner" and escapes the Palace by dressing up as a man - and you can see where things are going to get funny. Now add to that a brother and sister who own an Inn; the brother had a bad romance and has been rude and cold since, so no one like him - his sister is a Tomboy who can't attract a boyfriend as no one wants to be related to her brother. Now the brother and sister "think" they have a form of ESP so they view the people through each others eyes - so when the Princess (dressed as a man), comes to town the brother decides to get his sister and the new fellow together -- so the two "men" become drinking partners, with the sister being included in all the fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too silly
Published 19 days ago by jhh03361
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Had it's good points and bad. Overall, it kept you watching through the whole movie.
Published 20 days ago by David A Schrader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very funny
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
very stupid. disappointed that the actor i like is spoiling himself in this stupid act.
Published 1 month ago by michelle lin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Entertaining but not as funny as i had hoped.
Published 2 months ago by R.nip
5.0 out of 5 stars Asian comedy at its finest
Gender confusion? Check!
Siblings looking out for each other? Check!
Rashomon-like reporting during the movie (including a guy who got his butt kicked)? Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. Lin
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Funny twist on classic forbidden love story. Most times in very unrealistic ways. Even more hilarious if you can understand Mandarin.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Funny
Highly entertaining! A zany movie that keeps you interested and amused. Great plot with some surprising turns. You will laugh a lot!
Published 4 months ago by Paul Chiaravalle
2.0 out of 5 stars Comical at times
Some may give it more than 2 stars but the end left something to be desired. Then I may have missed a line or two in the subtitles.
Published 5 months ago by Tom RM
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie Good For A Few Laughs!
I give this movie 3 stars. My wife is from Taiwan and she thoroughly enjoyed it, as she was able to understand the Mandarin language and more nuanced humor used. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James A Gonzalez
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