Monday, April 4, 2016

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (2013)

A Chinese kung fu fantasy directed by Stephen Chow, starring Shu Qi.
A demon hunter tries to save a village from a demon fish, but is upstaged by a female demon hunter. They meet many more times and face other demons while she tries to win his heart. Eventually, he is sent on a quest to find the monkey king in order to help defeat a boar demon.
YES! This was amazing! Stephen Chow's absurd humor in a traditional Chinese kung fu setting with over-the-top video effects? WONDERFUL! The plot seemed to lack direction, but the main characters were memorable. I really liked the ring fight in the restaurant, the meeting of masters in the forest and the final climax battle. The subtitles on the version that I watched were very small and very transparent (difficult to see) and the video was terribly pixelated. Overall, I'm glad I sat through the meandering plot, tolerated the poor quality video and read the tiny subtitles to see it. I rate this best. WATCH IT!!!!!!

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