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Journey to the West [Blu-ray] (2013)

Zhang Wen , Stephen Chow  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zhang Wen
  • Directors: Stephen Chow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2014
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIPL1JS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a world plagued by demons who cause great human suffering, young demon hunter Xuan Zang risks his all to conquer a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. Adhering to his firm belief in giving of one's self for the greater cause, he embraces the demons as his disciples. However, in order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them must embark on a journey to the West that's full of challenges.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good come back March 14, 2014
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If you like stylized martial arts and quirky stories, this is the film for you. Please don't look for a deep meaning; this is a comedy and it stays true to that. Relax and enjoy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just. Yes. March 9, 2014
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If you loved Kung Fu Hustle, and enjoyed Shaolin Soccer, you will love this. It's what I call a "sneaky romantic comedy" - none of the ham-fisted, heartstring pulling that Hollywood is so fond of, but touching and heartfelt all the same. Plus, the action sequences, CGI, and ass-kickery are top-notch. You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fractured fairy tale June 14, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
ONCE UPON a time, a young Buddhist monk – Chen Xuanzhang – traveled the Chinese countryside to rid the people of bloodthirsty demons that plagued their villages. Armed only with a book of “300 Children’s Nursery Rhymes,” Chen wasn’t very good at it, but his heart was pure and his determination boundless. He met other demon hunters along the way; some were phonies and some were genuine, but all were in it for the money – the reward offered by the poor villagers (who could be really nasty once riled up).

Along the way, Chen finds out the demons were once human. But because of terrible, unjust deaths, they were transformed into vengeance-seeking monsters.

The path to enlightenment is full of irony. And in this case, lots of laughs and a few tears.

Director/writer Stephen Chow – “Shaolin Soccer” (2001), “Kung Fu Hustle” (2004) and “CJ7” (2008) – spins the 16th century Chinese literary classic, “Journey to the West,” into a fantastic blend of hilarity and tragedy. He keeps the laughs coming. Ever imagine what it might be like to beat up a life-sized squeaky toy? Chow will demonstrate – although, in a following sequence, you could be swallowing the lump in your throat from a heartbreaking sequence.

How does he do this – balance slapstick with tragedy? Chow’s is a one-of-a-kind, international talent. There’s no predicting what he’ll show us.

The HD picture is exquisite. Visuals blend camera work and CQI into something like a mix of realistic animation. Color is extraordinary, beginning with the turquoise lagoon and golden ochre village of the opening scene. A monster fish – part carp, part tiger, all big-eyes and dragony-teeth – torments the fishermen and their families shades of Spielberg’s “Jaws.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Perfectly campy and cheesy.. Tremendous fun!
A lot of fun, if you are a fan of Chows movies you will like
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining, and simply fun to watch... March 12, 2014
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This was a thoroughly entertaining movie, and kept me interested from the opening scene through the closing credits. If you are a fan of Kung Fu Hustle, this will not disappoint.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as KUNG FU HUSTLE, but still fun June 3, 2014
Format:DVD
If you’ve never experienced a Stephen Chow movie, then you are truly missing out. Chow has a knack for combining drama with zany comedy while throwing in some nifty martial-arts action alongside. This might sound like a common combination in today’s movie place, but I assure you: Chow’s movies take these genres to the next level. JOURNEY TO THE WEST is his latest release, and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as I have his previous films, it’s still a heck of a good time and worth checking out.

Some reviewers have called Chow ‘visionary’, and I can see why. His directing technique is definitely unique, and the way he tells stories is visceral compared to many. But he is also an acquired taste; some viewers will not like his over-the-top style.

JOURNEY TO THE WEST is shot well and has the same flamboyant flare as Chow’s previous films. Visually, the movie is a feast for the eyes; Chow likes to use CG for backdrops and even showpieces, and as a result, the audience gets an aesthetic overload. This movie does not disappoint at all in this aspect.

The acting is a bit below par for what I would expect from a Chow-caliber movie. There were really no performances that stood out, and a couple of the characters were even a bit annoying (The Monkey King, in particular). This could be in part due to the horrible dub-over that was used for the English version. I’ve heard some bad ones in my time, but wow…this was one of the worst. I would recommend watching this film in its native language.

The special effects are good for the most part, however I feel I have to voice my displeasure of The Monkey King once again, but this time about his make-up. I’ve seen Halloween masks that look more realistic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Chow wackiness March 19, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
First let me say to anyone familiar with the story "Journey to the West," this film isn't really that story. This is a sort-of prequel, taking place long after the Buddha imprisoned the Monkey King, and right before the Monkey King joins a young monk on his titular journey. The film is actually an origin story for the monk, which I didn't figure out until the very end. So please don't go into this movie expecting re-enactments of your favorite episodes from the original story.

The movie retains a lot of the wackiness that makes Stephen Chow's films enjoyable, even if he is absent from in front of the camera this time. Many of the scenes are played out like live-action cartoons, but the tone can very quickly (and shockingly) take an evil, horrible turn. Be warned: there are a couple of scenes that would never make it into an American-made movie, and that might actually be frightening to children. One scene that especially comes to mind is a young girl swimming in a river at the beginning of the film. Also be aware that this is not your father's Monkey King: Sun Wukong is very much a monster and a villain in this movie. That might shock some people because he is usually portrayed as a mischievous, but ultimately heroic figure. However, how the Monkey King acts here makes sense in the context of the film. More than that I won't say, because I don't want to give out any spoilers.

Also what makes this film so very enjoyable for me is the presence of the gorgeous Shu Qi. She is typically cast as the romantic interest or femme fatale, but this time she gets to show her action and comedy chops, and it appears that she is having a ball doing so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 hours ago by Huey J Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase.
Fantastic movie. This movie shows how Chinese mythical traditions meets the creative movie making using modern technologies. The Blueray offers fantastic clarity. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Blue Ray Fan
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Published 11 days ago by Li Bu Larson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 11 days ago by dion hyden
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
subtitles! booo!
Published 14 days ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kung Fu Hustle might be my favorite movie of all time and this is...
Kung Fu Hustle might be my favorite movie of all time and this is right up there. Great addition to the collection.
Published 14 days ago by puddles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Wonderfully made and thoroughly entertaining.
Published 19 days ago by macy richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this movie. I saw this movie while at Otakon (2014) and I had to buy it.
Published 21 days ago by chartia fountain
3.0 out of 5 stars and I was disappointed. I've loved Steven Chow movies in the past ...
This movie should get more than 3 stars, but I went into the movie expecting to see a 5 star movie, and I was disappointed. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Michael J. Boyle
3.0 out of 5 stars A Greek Gift
In Greek theatre there is a device called the Deus ex machina – god from the machine – a device in theatre used when the only hope for mankind and/or the hero in a play is a... Read more
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