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Journey To The West (2014)



Critic Consensus: As sweet, silly, action-packed and ridiculous as director Steven Chow's best work, Journey to the West serves up dazzling action sequences while playing its disparate elements against each other with thrilling abandon.

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Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow's 'Journey To The West' is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. --(C) Magnet

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Qi Shu
as Miss Duan
Zhang Wen
as Xuanzang
Bo Huang
as Sun Wukong
Show Lo
as Prince Important
Lee Sheung-Ching
as Sha Wujing
Cheng Si Han
as Master Nameless
Xing Yu
as Fist of the North Star
Lu Zheng Yu
as Killer Yi
Chiu Chi Ling
as Killer Er
Yang Di
as Killer San
Ge Hang Yu
as Short Monkey King
Fung Ming Hun
as Taoist Priest
Chiu Chi-ling
as Killer Two
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Critic Reviews for Journey To The West

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.

May 14, 2014 | Full Review…

A kung fu comedy, a Chinese fairy story, a Buddhist action movie, a prequel to a mega-series that makes James Cameron's ambitions look puny, Chow's Journey to the West is everything that is good about China's mega-blockbuster inclinations.

April 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.

April 14, 2014

Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts.

March 7, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a grandness to the action sequences, playful allusions to 'Jaws,' and a great feel for the spectacular. It's just a shame its story gets lost in translation.

March 7, 2014 | Rating: 3/5

By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.

March 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Journey To The West

There was one scene that made me lmao and one scene that made me cry, but otherwise this is a bastardisation of a prequel of the real Journey to the West story.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


A much better version of the Monkey King story than the other outing with Donnie Yen made the same year.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

A Buddhist demon hunter who tries to redeem evil spirits clashes with a powerful mercenary huntress who keeps killing his potential converts; she also falls in love with him, despite his vow of chastity, and together they seek the Monkey King's help to defeat a powerful boar demon. The special effects aren't up to Hollywood standards and the Chinese comedy tropes are unfamiliar, but only the most unimaginative and parochial Westerner could fail to be charmed by this endlessly inventive and surprising fantasy/comedy/romance from Stephen (KUNG FU HUSTLE) Chow.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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