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A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box (1995)

Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap (original title)
Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Lau

Writers:

Jeffrey Lau (as An Chi), Cheng'en Wu (novel) (as Ch'eng-En Wu)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stephen Chow ... Joker / Monkey King
Man-Tat Ng ... Assistant Master / Pigsy
Kar-Ying Law ... Longevity Monk
Kit Ying Lam ... Spider Woman
Karen Mok ... Pak Jing-Jing
Johnnie Kong Johnnie Kong ... Sha Wujing (as Johnny Kong)
Shuming Lu Shuming Lu ... Bull King
Jeffrey Lau ... The Grapes
Athena Chu ... Zixia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kin-Yan Lee Kin-Yan Lee
Li Po Lung Li Po Lung ... Monkey Servant
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Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain immortality), the Monkey King is reincarnated as the Joker. He now spends his time chasing two jealous women. When one of them is dying, the Joker goes back in time in an attempt to save her. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Hong Kong | China

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

21 January 1995 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Chinese Odyssey See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,499,696
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Xi'an Film Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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fantasy martial arts extravaganza Stephen chow style
11 February 2007 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box is a fantasy martial arts extravaganza like A Chinese Ghost story. Just to give you an idea what to expect. The main character is Stephen Chow. He plays The Monkey King and Joker. Joker is The Monkey King reincarnated who doesn't know of his past life. It is through these roles where Stephen Chow shows his versatility as an actor. If you have seen some of his movies than you know what to expect. He always tries to combine humour, martial arts and drama. Maybe for some the humor will be a bit over the top. But Stephen Chow's humour is very visual and will appeal to many viewers. A few scenes made me laugh so hard I almost choked. I even dare to say that some scenes in this film outclass Kung Fu Hustle when it comes to comedy. And that one was hilarious. I liked how during these scenes the actors maintain straight faces and are very serious about what they are doing. You know like they did in the Naked Gun film series. To me that makes all of it even funnier. Another thing I liked that the comedy does not come at the expense of action. Of which you will have plenty of. Most of the martial arts is done with wire works though and in combination with fighting demons this is done beautifully. The special effects may look a bit cheesy compared to CGI to some, but are very enjoyable because most of the effects are used creatively. I personally prefer effects done this way since it shows that sometimes all you need is a little imagination to create movie magic. And Pandora's Box certainly is magical. In fact it's a fairytale you can enjoy over and over again.


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