- Actors: Stephen Chow, Athena Chu, Kit Ying Lam, Kar-Ying Law, Karen Mok
- Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
- Subtitles: English
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Tai Seng Entertainme
- VHS Release Date: May 6, 1997
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000009HNQ
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #809,155 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Chinese Odyssey 1:Pandoras Box [VHS]
Top Customer Reviews
Chinese Odyssey is a period drama set in Ancient China. Here, the Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong (Stephen Chow) is reborn (although he doesn't know this yet because he has yet to find a particular person who can "confirm his identity"), and he's now the leader of a bandit group. Two demons (Spider & "White-Bones" Demon) suddenly appear one day and forcefully "force" the bandits to do their bidding. And from there, the story moves on to include time-travel, romance, friendship and self-discovery.
There are plenty of twists and turns that are really different from the original story, which is good since it doesn't get boring even if you already know the story of the Monkey King. However, a minus is that you'll need to know the story of the Monkey King to be able to appreciate and laugh at some of the jokes aimed at the original story, but if you don't, there are still plenty of comical parts around to keep you laughing. The funny parts may be rather silly at times, but go ahead and laugh at their silliness. Afterall, Stephen Chow is known to be the King of Comedy. :)
At the end of part 1, you'd probably feel like the ending is too abrupt and somewhat of a cliffhanger, but Chinese Odyssey comes in two parts, so you'll need to watch part 2 as well to be able to fully understand the entire movie. If you are into Chinese mythology and culture, give this a try and take the time to enjoy this show!
However, I'm confused by the picture that's shown on this listing. That picture is for "Chinese Odyssey 2002"--clearly a movie NOT made in 1995, with a completely different cast of actors. It stars Tony Leung (a supporting actor in Jet Li's "Hero") and singer/actress Fay Wong. It's not the same movie as described here.
Edit: Looks like Amazon has removed the picture I was talking about, so I've taken a bit of time to scan and upload the front and back covers of this DVD.
No words can do justice to this movie. Sadly, you have to know Chinese (or even Cantonese) to fully appreciate it. This great movie definitely deserves a 6. It is better than Kung Fu Hustler. Strongly recommend it to anyone who knows or is studying Chinese. Buy it, watch it, NOW!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Monkey King has been captured after he tried to eat the Longevity Monk. After this opening confrontation, the story moves to a small town full of bandits and Stephen Chow is... Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by morgoth
I saw this movie many many times. Faye Wong and Tony Leung shows
They made such a nice couple here. Amazingly funny. Read more
It is the best of best among Stephen Chow's movies. (Both Part One and Part Two)
It's not only the slapstick style of humor which is sort of typical in his movies, the... Read more
An above average Hong Kong comedy, with some really funny scenes. The emphasis is on physical comedy, so the fact the subtitles are often unreadable is not a problem. Read morePublished on June 11, 1999
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