A Chinese Tall Story

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A Chinese Tall Story
Directed byJeffrey Lau
Produced byAlbert Lee
Written byJeffrey Lau
StarringNicholas Tse
Charlene Choi
Fan Bing-Bing
Bolin Chen
Kenny Kwan
Steven Cheung
Joe Phua
Music byJoe Hisaishi
Distributed byEmperor Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 22 December 2005 (2005-12-22)
CountryHong Kong

A Chinese Tall Story (Chinese: 情癲大聖; Cantonese Yale: Ching din dai sing) is a 2005 Hong Kong fantasy adventure film written and directed by Jeffrey Lau. The story is loosely based on the novel Journey to the West.


It is a twisted story about the monk Tripitaka and his three disciples who are journeying west to acquire Buddhist scriptures. While stopping in Shache City (present day Yarkand), they come under attack by minions of the evil Tree Demon. The demons capture his three disciples.

Tripitaka is then captured by the king of reptiles and placed under the care of the ugly and shunned Meiyan, who falls in love with the monk. Luckily for Tripitaka, an alien princess rescues him, and Meiyan decides to team up with the princess in order to rescue the disciples.


Tang monk Tripitaka (Nicholas Tse) and his three disciples Monkey King Sun WuKong (Bolin Chen), Pig Monk Zhu WuNeng (Kenny Kwan), and Sand Monk Sha WuJing (Steven Cheung) arrive triumphantly to a hero’s welcome in Shache city. Tripitaka’s most arduous challenge to achieve deification is to come, only he can perform.

During their stay in the city, the three disciples are captured by evil Tree Spirits. Tripitaka borrows the Golden Pole and tries to find a way to save them. He meets a young lizard imp Meiyan (Charlene Choi) who is more than a visual match for Quasimodo: matted bushy hair, and teeth of any dentist’s nightmare. Meiyan falls in love with Tripitaka at first sight and devotes herself to trailing him. She even sets a love trap to ensnare him. Tripitaka unwittingly falls into the trap and in the process breaks the Heavenly Code.

The region is one full of monsters, strange beings and creatures of unknown origins and among them are the beautiful Princess XiaoShan (Fan Bing-bing) and her army. On a passing journey to Earth her path crosses Tripitaka’s and she vows her aid. Tripitaka decides to leave with the Princess.

Meiyan is heartbroken. She picks a fight with Princess XiaoShan and, although she loses, she finally discovers her own identity as a galactic warrior. She eventually helps the princess in defeating the enemy and rescues Tripitaka and his disciples.

After the battle, Meiyan surrenders to the Temple of Heaven for judgment. Torn between passion and righteousness, Tripitaka rebels against the heavens to rescue the gallows-bound Meiyan. A benevolent Buddha is moved and pardons the two on condition that they embark on a journey to the West to accomplish the Eight-One Tasks to redeem themselves and save the world.


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A Chinese Tall Story
Soundtrack album by
Released22 December 2005
LabelEmperor Entertainment Group

All compositions by Joe Hisaishi.

  1. "Sacred Love"
  2. "Prologue - Triumphant Entrance"
  3. "Dogfight Over Shache"
  4. "Words Are Lethal"
  5. "Rout Of The Four Heavenly Knights"
  6. "Lover's Gambit"
  7. "Longing for You"
  8. "Yours Truly, Tripitaka"
  9. "The Conspiracy"
  10. "Capitulation"
  11. "Twirling Snow"
  12. "Alien Invasion"
  13. "I Can Fly!"
  14. "Help Is on the Way"
  15. "Annihilation Of The Tree Spirit"
  16. "The Princess's Secret"
  17. "Storming of the Celestial Court"
  18. "I Know"
  19. "Divine Manifestation"
  20. "A Journey West"


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