A Chinese Odyssey

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A Chinese Odyssey
Hong Kong Blu-ray disc box set
Directed byJeffrey Lau
Written byWu Cheng'en
Produced byYeung Kwok-fai
StarringStephen Chow
Athena Chu
Ng Man-tat
Yammie Lam
Karen Mok
Law Kar-ying
Jeffrey Lau
Lu Shuming
Ada Choi
CinematographyPoon Hang-sang
Ray Wong
William Yim
Edited byHai Kit-wai
Music byZhao Jiping
Lowell Lo
Xi'an Film Studio
Choi Sing Film Company
Distributed bySan 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
CountryHong Kong
LanguagesCantonese (original)
Mandarin (dub)
Box officePart 1: HK$25,093,380
Part 2: HK$20,872,117; CN¥189.202 million (mainland China)[1]
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 by Jeffrey Lau and starring Stephen Chow.

The first part is titled A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box, while the second part is titled A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella. The film is very loosely based on the 16th-century Wu Cheng'en novel Journey to the West.

A third film, A Chinese Odyssey Part Three, was released in China on 14 September 2016.[2]

The line "10,000 years" in the film became one of the most popular buzzwords for Chinese-language films, with a Google search count of 21.9 million.[3]


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 him. He was intercepted and subdued by Guanyin, who decided to give him a second chance after Longevity Monk pleaded for leniency and sacrificed himself.

Monkey is reincarnated in the present as Joker, 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 (a reincarnation of Pigsy) secretly overhears the demons' plan to capture Longevity Monk and feast on his flesh to gain immortality. Joker subsequently 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 attacked by Bull King, who is also after Longevity Monk. Joker and Pigsy flee with Bak Jing-jing and Spider Woman to Waterfall Cave, where the two demons starts fighting over Joker. Bak Jing-jing and Joker eventually flee from the cave while Spider Woman is impregnated with Pigsy's child by accident. As Bak Jing-jing has 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 when "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 be revealed after he gets three marks on the sole of his foot. Meanwhile, Bull King and Bak Jing-jing enter the cave and fight 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 from slitting her throat, but she sacrifices herself to save him from Bull King. Joker travels back in time again, but ends up going back in time by 500 years. Outside the cave, he encounters a fairy, 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 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 learns 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. Zixia falls in love with him after he pulls out her sword from its scabbard because she made a promise to marry the person who can unsheathe her sword.

Zixia and Longevity Monk are captured by Bull King, who wants to take Zixia as his concubine and feast on Longevity Monk's flesh to become immortal. Pigsy and Sandy try to rescue their master but he refuses to leave unless Joker promises to fulfil his destiny. Joker goes off in search of Zixia and rescues her, after which they flee from Bull King. In the 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 he's actually in love with someone else. Shortly after, Spider Woman comes to Waterfall Cave and kills everyone, including Joker. At the point of death, Joker realises 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 circlet, therefore transforming into Monkey. He returns to the world and rushes 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 he is not Joker and pretends to scorn her.

Monkey and Bull King engage in battle. When Bull King realises 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 circlet tightens and causes him to feel extreme agony. In anger, he beats up Bull King before escaping together with his master, Pigsy and Sandy by using 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 gave 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 and laugh at his appearance. Monkey does not turn back until outside the gates where he gave a final glance at the embracing couple and continues on the journey to the west with his companions.



Box office[edit]

The first part grossed HK$25,093,380 and the second HK$20,872,117 in Hong Kong.[6][7] The second part has grossed CN¥189.202 million on its 2017 release in mainland China.[1]


The Austin Chronicle gave Part Two a positive review saying that "If you missed the original film - forget it, you'll never understand what's happening in this picture, but if you saw and enjoyed the first part, you'll no doubt have a great time with this terrific follow-up."[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
2nd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Jeffrey Lau Won
Best Actor Stephen Chow Won
Film of Merit A Chinese Odyssey Won
15th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Screenplay Jeffrey Lau (Part 1) Nominated
Best Screenplay Jeffrey Lau (Part 2) Nominated
Best Actor Stephen Chow (Part 2) Nominated
1st Golden Bauhinia Awards Best Film A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella Nominated
Best Actor Stephen Chow (Part 2) Won
24th Hong Kong Film Awards Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures A Chinese Odyssey (#19) Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "大话西游之大圣娶亲(2017)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  2. ^ "大话西游3 (2016)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  3. ^ Chew, Matthew Ming-tak (10 June 2020). "Discovering the digital Stephen Chow: The transborder influence of Chow's films on the Chinese Internet in the 2010s". Global Media and China. 5 (2): 124–137. doi:10.1177/2059436420928058 – via SAGE.
  4. ^ "A Chinese Odyssey". IMDb. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  5. ^ "A Chinese Odyssey". chinesemov.com. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 29 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Hong Kong Cinemagic - Chinese Odyssey, A : Pandora's Box".
  7. ^ "Hong Kong Cinemagic - A Chinese Odyssey II : Cinderella".
  8. ^ O'Bryan, Joey (2 June 1995). "A Chinese Odyssey II: Cinderella". The Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved 4 August 2022.

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