Chinese Odyssey 2002 2002 NR CC

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(62) IMDb 7.1/10
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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. 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).

Starring:
Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Faye Wong
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Action, Comedy
Director Jeffrey Lau
Starring Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Faye Wong
Supporting actors Wei Zhao, Chen Chang, Roy Cheung, Athena Chu, Rebecca Pan, Jan Lamb, Fai-Hung Chan, Goo-Bi GC, Eric Kot, Jeffrey Lau, Jing Ning
Studio Kino International
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

This movie is just plain dumb !
Bill
Also it gives a very interesting insight into the Chinese culture and sense of humor.
Leumas
It's funny, it's sweet and it's wonderful commedy/action/love movie.
Napoli

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yue T. Hu on 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 By Florizel on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Laycock on November 26, 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Scholbe on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Thomas on 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 By J. Nault on 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 By David Doston on 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.

Every dreamer dreams of being characters like these ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on 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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