Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:00:02 GMT | By Jean Goon

Review: ‘Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons’

Stephen Chow Sing-chi returns as director with Shu Qi in the lead in this classic Chinese tale


Journey to the West (© 20th Century Fox)

Director: Stephen Chow Sing-chi

Who’s in it:  舒淇(Shu Qi), 黃渤 (Huang Bo), 文章 (Wen Chang), Chrissie Chau 周秀娜, Show Luo 羅志祥

What’s it about: Based on the classic Chinese tale of the same, the film follows Xuan Zang, a young demon-catcher who fearlessly risks his all and catches a water demon, a pig demon and the king of all demons, the Monkey King. Following our hero on his journey is Miss Duan (Shu Qi_), a fellow demon-hunter who falls in love with him and ultimately teaches him the meaning of Greater Love.

Why we like it: While Stephen Chow doesn’t make an appearance, his signature is all over this project. Think over-the-top slapstick humour that breaks the ice in high-tension scenes. Fight scenes are well executed and for the most part, effects for the pig demon and Monkey King are impressive. The cast put in a great job here, most notably Shu Qi (very strong onscreen presence!), Huang Bo (who plays the Monkey King to perfection) and Wen Zhang (playing the naive Xuan Zang, who fights demons with nursery rhymes).

Why we don’t: Some of the effects in creating the giant demon animals were almost laughable, though perhaps we’ve been spoiled by Hollywood blockbusters?

Verdict: Read up on the Monkey King and ‘Journey to the West’ if you’re not familiar with the story, it’ll come in handy when you watch the film. If you’ve always been a fan of Chow Sing-chi, don’t miss this one.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)

‘Journey to the West’ opens in Malaysia on 7th February 2013.

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Journey to the West (© 20th Century Fox)

‘Journey to the West’ opens in Malaysia on 7th February 2013.

 

Journey to the West (© 20th Century Fox)

‘Journey to the West’ opens in Malaysia on 7th February 2013.

Journey to the West (© 20th Century Fox)

 

‘Journey to the West’ opens in Malaysia on 7th February 2013.

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