A Chinese Odyssey

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Not to be confused with Chinese Odyssey 2002.
A Chinese Odyssey
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Hong Kong Blu-ray disc box set
Directed by Jeffrey Lau
Produced by Yeung Kwok-fai
Written by Jeffrey Lau
Starring Stephen Chow
Athena Chu
Ng Man-tat
Yammie Lam
Karen Mok
Law Kar-ying
Jeffrey Lau
Lu Shuming
Ada Choi
Music by Zhao Jiping
Lowell Lo
Cinematography Poon Hang-sang
Ray Wong
William Yim
Edited by Hai Kit-wai
Production
company
Xi'an Film Studio
Choi Sing Film Company
Distributed by San Bo
Mega Star
Media Asia
Release dates
  • 21 January 1995 (1995-01-21) (Part 1)
  • 4 February 1995 (1995-02-04) (Part 2)
Running time Part 1: 87 minutes
Part 2: 95 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese (original)
Mandarin (dub)
Box office Part 1: HK$25,093,380
Part 2: HK$20,872,117
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box
Traditional Chinese 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒
Simplified Chinese 西游记第一百零一回之月光宝盒
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella
Traditional Chinese 西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣
Simplified Chinese 西游记大结局之仙履奇缘

A Chinese Odyssey is a two-part 1995 Hong Kong fantasy-comedy film directed and written by Jeffrey Lau, starring Stephen Chow, Ng Man-tat, Yammie Lam, Karen Mok and others. The first part is titled A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box while the second one is called A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella. The film is very loosely based on the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West. It also incorporates elements of slapstick comedy and wuxia revolving around the central theme of a love story.

Although the dialogue is in Cantonese, A Chinese Odyssey has become a cult classic among Mandarin-speaking young adults in mainland China.[1]

Plot[edit]

Part One[edit]

500 years ago, during their journey to the west to fetch the Buddhist scriptures, Monkey got annoyed with the constant nagging of his master, Longevity Monk, and decided to betray the latter. He was intercepted and subdued by Guanyin, who decided to give him a second chance after the Monk pleaded for leniency.

In the present, Monkey has been reincarnated as Joker, the chief of a group of outlaws. Joker and his gang are attacked by two demons, Spider Woman and Bak Jing-jing, who threaten and force them to do their bidding. Joker's second-in-command (later revealed to be a reincarnation of Pigsy) secretly overhears the demons' plan to capture the Longevity Monk and feast on his flesh to gain immortality. On the other hand, Joker falls in love with Bak Jing-jing. Grandpa Buddha shows up in disguise as a bunch of grapes, informs Joker about the danger he is in, and gives him a magic mirror which can reveal a being's true form.

The group are later attacked by Bull King, who is also after the Monk. Joker and Pigsy flee with Bak Jing-jing and Spider Woman to Waterfall Cave, where the two demons start fighting over Joker. Bak Jing-jing and Joker eventually flee from the cave while Spider Woman becomes pregnant with Pigsy's child by accident. As Bak Jing-jing had been poisoned by Spider Woman, Joker goes back to the cave to ask for the antidote, but is imprisoned by Spider Woman. In the meantime, outside the cave, Bak Jing-jing is captured by Bull King, who cures her of the poison.

Inside the cave, Joker finds Pandora's Box, which can open up a time portal when moonlight shines on it and "Prajñāpāramitā" is chanted. He also overhears Guanyin's voice, telling him that he was actually Monkey in his past life and is destined to continue his quest to escort his master on the journey to the west. His true destiny will only be revealed after getting three marks on the sole of his foot. Meanwhile, Bull King and Bak Jing-jing enter the cave and start fighting with Spider Woman. Bak Jing-jing commits suicide after mistakenly believing that Joker has betrayed her love and fathered a child with Spider Woman.

Joker finds Bak Jing-jing and tries to save her by travelling back in time with the aid of Pandora's Box, but each time he arrives a few seconds too late to stop her from committing suicide. He finally manages to make it on time to prevent Bak Jing-jing's suicide, but she sacrifice herself to save him from Bull King. Joker travels back in time again, but he ends up going back in time 500 years. Outside the cave, he encounters a fairy named Zixia, who confiscates Pandora's Box and sears three dots on the sole of his foot to mark him as her servant. This fulfils his true destiny as Monkey. He then looks in the magic mirror given to him by Grandpa Buddha earlier and is shocked to see a reflection of himself as Monkey.

Part Two[edit]

After travelling back in time, Joker discovers more about his past life and reunites with his master, Longevity Monk, and his fellows Pigsy and Sandy. However, he does not want to accept his fate as Monkey, because he just wants to get back Pandora's Box and return to 500 years later to save Bak Jing-jing. The fairy Zixia falls in love with him after he pulls out her sword from its scabbard because she once made a promise that the person who can unsheathe her sword will be her husband.

Zixia and Longevity Monk are captured by Bull King, who wants to take Zixia as his concubine and feast on the Monk's flesh to become immortal. Pigsy and Sandy try to rescue their master but the Monk refuses to leave unless Joker promises to fulfil his destiny. Joker goes off in search of Zixia, rescues her, and they flee from Bull King. In an ensuing fight between Joker and his companions against Bull King, Joker falls off a cliff and finds himself back in Waterfall Cave, where he meets Grandpa Buddha and Bak Jing-jing. Bak Jing-jing agrees to marry Joker initially, but she leaves later and tells him to save Zixia because she knows the one he truly loves is Zixia. Shortly after, Spider Woman comes to Waterfall Cave and kills everyone there, including Joker. At the moment of death, Joker gets to know the one he truly loves is Zixia.

Joker, as a ghost, hears Guanyin's voice inside the cave again, reminding him about his destiny. He decides to accept his fate and puts on the golden headband, transforming into Monkey. He returns to the world and rushes off to Bull King's city to save his master and stop Bull King's wedding ceremony with Zixia. As he is now Monkey, he must relinquish all his human desires, including love, so he tells Zixia that he is not Joker and pretends to scorn her.

Monkey and Bull King engage in battle. When Bull King realises that he is losing, he uses Princess Iron Fan's magic fan to churn up strong winds that will blow the entire city towards the Sun and kill everyone in the process. Monkey succeeds in stopping Bull King and saves everyone, but Zixia sacrifices herself to save him. As she dies, Monkey reveals his love for her and as a result, his headband starts to tighten, giving him extreme agony. In anger, he beats up Bull King before escaping together with his master, Pigsy and Sandy, by using the Pandora's Box.

Monkey wakes up later and finds himself in a cave, but with his master and fellows this time. Outside the cave, in a busy city, Monkey sees the incarnations of Joker and Zixia in a standoff on top of a wall. He uses his powers to possess Joker's body and make Joker give Zixia a long and passionate kiss before leaving Joker's body. Joker recovers and is surprised to see himself locked in an embrace with Zixia, but accepts and continues the romance with her. They notice Monkey walking away in the crowd below. He does not turn back and continues on the journey to the west with his companions.

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Box office[edit]

The first part grossed HK$25,093,380 and the second ca HK$20,872,117 in Hong Kong.[4][5]

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