A Chinese Odyssey Part Three

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A Chinese Odyssey Part Three
A Chinese Odyssey Part Three poster.jpeg
Poster
Chinese 大话西游3
Directed by Jeffrey Lau
Production
company
Chunqiu Shidai (Tianjin) Pictures[1]
Distributed by Horgos Chunqiu Time Media
Beijing Joy Pictures
Tianjing Yinhe Media
Huaxia Film Distribution[1]
Shaw Organisation
Release date
  • September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14) (China)
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Budget US$20 million[2]
Box office US$48.4 million[3]

A Chinese Odyssey Part Three is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong fantasy comedy drama film directed by Jeffrey Lau. It was released in China on September 14, 2016.[4] It won the Golden Angel Award for Film at the 12th Chinese American Film Festival.[5] The film is a sequel to parts one and two of A Chinese Odyssey.

Plot[edit]

Taking place in an alternate timeline, Zixia used the Pandora's Box to travel forward in time to see the consequences of leaving a tear drop in Joker's heart, which leads to her demise and Joker being revealed as the reincarnation of the Monkey King. Fearing for her life and Joker's mental well being, she denounced her relationship to Joker, which led to him asking about what happened in the future. Zixia revealed to him that, due to the fact that she left a mark in Joker's heart, leading to Pak Jing Jing realizing that Joker will eventually stop having feelings for her, leading him to fall for Zixia. However, Zixia withheld the information about Joker being the Monkey King's reincarnation and tried to make things right by forcing Joker into meeting with Pak Jing Jing much earlier than in the original timeline. Unfortunately, Joker had already stopped having feelings for Jing-Jing and prevented Zixia's plan from going any further resulting in a slap from Zixia. After having a talk with Qingxia (Zixia's twin sister stuck in Zixia's body), Zixia decided to go the Bull King and marry him so Joker can stop falling for her so she left Joker - who was looking for her after being slapped - alone by himself.

Joker, now by himself, continues his search for Zixia in the desert, where he witnessed this timeline's version of the Monkey King being subdued by Guanyin, with the difference being that the Longevity Monk used the Pandora's Box to escape from being killed by the Monkey King and the time to subdue the Monkey King took longer than expected. After Guanyin left with the subdued Monkey King, Joker found himself left with the returning Longevity Monk and both were caught together by the Bull King, being happy about having a second wife and the Longevity Monk being captured. Meanwhile in Heaven, Guanyin handed over the subdued Monkey King to the Jade Emperor, discussing about the overwhelming presence of Yaoguai and fearing that the Sealed Book had a mistake in it, which Jade Emperor reassures her that the Book was never wrong. As Guanyin left to report the progress to the Buddha, the Jade Emperor unsealed the Monkey King, who is revealed to be the Six-Eared Monkey, revealing that the Sealed Book did not mention about the Monkey King in the initial pilgrimage at all as he was born 500 hundred years later as Joker, causing the Jade Emperor to get the Six-Eared Monkey fill in the role until Joker arrived from the future. This eventually leads to the Jade Emperor betraying the Six-Eared Monkey and have him slowly burn in the Great Oven.

In the House of the Bull King, Zixia and Qingxia were talking about the possible married life with the Bull King, with Zixia realizing that the Pandora's Box was missing and suspecting that Qingxia had given it to the Six-Eared Monkey, with a flashback revealing that she was an ex-lover of his. Zixia was soon confronted with Princess Iron Fan and her son Red Kid, resulting in a fight between the two women, leading to Zixia being blown past the just arrived Bull King, Joker and Longevity Monk. The Bull King, realizing the trouble he's in, instructs Joker to take the Longevity Monk and Zixia to his sister, Xiang Xiang while he tries to stall the Princess for time. While on the run, Joker demands to know why Zixia left him alone whereas the Longevity Monk accidentally found a way by freeing one of the Bull King's Giant Bulls. The trio escaped, but were chased by Red Kid until both Joker and Logevity Monk accidentally stole his fire wheels.

Upon arriving at Xiang Xiang's Palace, the trio met with Xiang Xiang and, much to their horror, witnessed her devouring a man whole. Xiang Xiang challenged the trio and defeated them, leading them to be locked up in the dungeon. It was there that Zixia tells Joker about her demise in the original timeline, and why she tried so hard to stop Joker developing feelings for her. At the same time, the Bull King arrived to reconcile with Xiang Xiang about the execution of her lover, Mantis, by his own hands, which she rejected as Mantis was the only true love to her. It was at this time that the Longevity Monk played the main theme of the entire A Chinese Odyssey series, leading to Joker and Zixia kissing at the end of the song. The Bull King and Xiang Xiang saw the silhouette of them kissing, causing the Bull siblings to burst into the dungeon only for the Longevity Monk taking Zixia's place. When Xiang Xiang saw this, she ended up drooling implying that she's interested in Joker, thus allowing the Bull King give his blessing to Joker for Xiang Xiang's hand in marriage.

While preparations for the Bull King's second wedding is underway, Joker and Xiang Xiang talked about Mantis and why doesn't she just use the Pandora's Box prevent his death from happening while the Bull King tried to impress Zixia. The Bull King asked Joker how to impress Zixia, with Joker using the Pandora's Box multiple times, the first few times to play a game on the Bull King, two times to get rid of the Bull King and Xiang Xiang, and once to get himself and Zixia away from the ceremony, only for the plan to backfire forcing all four of them to return. The Bull King, angry at the series of events, tries to kill Joker while Xiang Xiang chases after Zixia, only to have Zixia captured while Qingxia was forced out of Zixia's body. The Bull King was soon interrupted by the arrival of Princess Iron Fan and Red Kid, only for him and Red Kid to find out the Princess had an affair with the Monkey King, causing him to punish Joker and Zixia by forcing them to marry at the ceremony.

Meanwhile in Heaven, the Jade Emperor was shocked to find out the Sealed Book had changed, forcing him to free Six-Ear Monkey from the Great Oven, and accidentally reveal to him that the Longevity Monk is the Monkey and Qingxia's son and finding out that Qingxia knew everything about the mistake in the Sealed Book. Thus, the Jade Emperor allowed Qingxia to repossess her body and let Six-Eared Monkey to go rescue his son while still under the guise of the Monkey King. Six-Eared Monkey crashed the wedding, revealed that he started the affair with the Princess, while maintaining that Joker is not the Monkey King, and started battling with the entire Bull household, with Qingxia arriving later save Zixia from Xiang Xiang and trading places with Zixia in order for the prophecy to remain true, with a few changes. The battle ended up with the Bull siblings finally reconciled, with Xiang Xiang being forced to consume her brother just so to have a fighting chance against Six-Eared Monkey while the Heavenly Army provided backup for Six-Eared Monkey and Qingxia entering the fray, sustaining a blow in the process. As he saw this, Six-Eared Monkey breaks free from Xiang Xiang's grasp to grab Qingxia while the Heavenly Army and Li Jing dealt the final blow and sealed Xiang Xiang once and for all.

Five hundred years later, Six-Eared Monkey accompanied his son and his disciples on the pilgrimage, while Joker and Zixia watches on after kissing on the top of the wall, mentioning about Six-Eared wanting to be united with Qingxia as quickly as possible. A day in Heaven later, Longevity Monk became a Buddha while his parents stay together as the Wick for the Buddha's Lamp, only for their day interrupted by the Jade Emperor saying that the Sealed Book changed again.

Cast[4][edit]

Box office[edit]

A Chinese Odyssey Part Three was released in China amidst the Mid-Autumn Festival from which it benefitted. The film opened Wednesday, September 14 and delivered $6.26 million on its first day. It climbed higher to $13.1 million on Thursday (due largely because the festival fell on this day) and held to $9.61 million on Friday (since Friday was also a holiday), before dropping to $5.71 million on Saturday and finally $2.67 million on Sunday (since work resumed on Sunday).[6] In total, the film made $33.3 million in five days according to data from Ent Group and $17.3 over the three days of the weekend (Friday to Sunday), according to ComScore easily topping the Chinese box office and recorded an opening nearly double the second place Z Storm 2 if going by the five-day figure.[6] If we go by the former five-day figure, that means it was the top international earner of the weekend, but going by the latter number, it ranks in third place, behind Bridget Jones's Baby and The Age of Shadows.[7]

Following a first-place finish, the film went on to hold the top position for the second weekend in a row but fell precipitously by earning just $5.97 million (Friday to Sunday) and $13.3 million in its second full week (Monday to Sunday). This was despite competition from newcomer Hollywood animated film Storks.[8][9] The huge fall was due to mixed word of mouth and since the week before National Day holiday (prior to October 1) is typically a dumping ground for releasing films in which distributors have little confidence in their films' box office potential.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "大话西游3(2016)". cbooo.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Schmid, Thomas (August 8, 2016). "Local Chinese films maintain dominance over imports". Film Journal International. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (September 25, 2016). "'Bridget Jones's Baby' Tops Overseas Again As 'Magnificent 7' Corrals $19.2M & 'Storks' Bundles $18.3M – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "大话西游3 (2016)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "第十二屆中美電影節星光熠熠——開幕式暨金天使獎頒獎典禮耀動洛城". cafilmfestival.org. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  6. ^ a b Patrick Frater (September 18, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Odyssey' Sequel Dreams up Holiday Weekend Win". Variety. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  7. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (September 18, 2016). "'Bridget Jones's Baby' Bows To $30M; 'Suicide Squad' Powers Past $400M – Intl Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Patrick Frater (September 25, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Odyssey' Clings to Top in Quiet Weekend". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ Jessica Meyers (September 26, 2016). "Chinese movies cement control of China box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ Jonathan Papish (September 26, 2016). "China Box Office: 'Chinese Odyssey Part 3' Crosses $50 Million". China Film Insider. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 

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