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A Chinese Tall Story (Avant Garde Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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The special Avant Garde Edition of A Chinese Tall Story features special collectible packaging, plus a Dolby Digital 5.1 and a 24-bit/96kHz DTS audio track for unparalleled high-definition audio! This 2-disc set also features numerous extras, including 2 commentary tracks, trailers, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, a music video, cast and crew interviews, plus more. Furthermore, all extras feature English subtitles.

A loose adaptation of the classic novel "Journey to the West", A Chinese Tall Story updates the story of the Monkey King with a hot young cast, imaginative costume designs, and unbelievable visual effects. But the biggest change of all: the movie isn't really about the Monkey King! Instead it focuses on the Tang monk, Tripitaka (Nicholas Tse), who experiences his own adventure after his stalwart companions Piggy (Kenny Kwan, formerly of Boy'z), Sandy (Stephen Cheung of Boy'z), and Monkey King Sun Wukong (Wilson Chen) get taken hostage by an evil Tree Demon.

Tripitaka must fend for himself, and finds an unlikely companion in ugly lizard imp Meiyan (Charlene Choi), who instantly falls in love with the handsome, but chaste monk. Complicating matters are Tripitaka's own wavering faith, plus the appearance of white-garbed aliens (led by Fan Bing Bing), who may or may not be Tripitaka's allies. When Tripitaka decides that it's time to rescue his companions, will the aliens help him? And what of the newly-transformed Meiyan, who possesses powers unknown even to herself?

Director Jeff Lau is no stranger to the Monkey King legend, having directed 1995's A Chinese Odyssey starring Stephen Chow. The stirring score was provided by Joe Hisaishi, composer for the majority of Hayao Miyazaki's films, and the film also features appearances from EEG starlet Isabella Leong, and classic Chinese stars like Yuen Wah, Kara Hui (Wai Ying Hung), and Gordon Liu. Full of comedy, action, romance, and plenty of big-screen spectacle, A Chinese Tall Story is a worthy update of the Monkey King legend!

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Product Title: A Chinese Tall Story (Avant Garde Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 情癲大聖 (天碟版) (香港版) 情癫大圣 (天碟版) (香港版) 西遊記 リローデッド (情癲大聖) (Avant Garde Edition) (香港版) A Chinese Tall Story (Avant Garde Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Nicholas Tse (Actor) | Hisaishi Joe | Charlene Choi (Actor) | William Chang | Lei Chu Xiong | Chen Bo Lin (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Steven Cheung (Actor) | Kenny Kwan (Actor) 謝 霆鋒 (Actor) | 久石讓 | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 張 叔平 | 雷楚雄 | 陳柏霖 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 張致恆 (Actor) | 關智斌 (Actor) 谢 霆锋 (Actor) | 久石让 | 蔡卓妍 (Actor) | 张 叔平 | 雷楚雄 | 陈柏霖 (Actor) | 范冰冰 (Actor) | 张致恒 (Actor) | 关智斌 (Actor) 謝霆鋒(ニコラス・ツェー)  (Actor) | 久石譲 | 蔡卓妍(シャーリーン・チョイ) (Actor) | 張叔平 | Lei Chu Xiong | 陳柏霖 (チェン・ボーリン) (Actor) | 范冰冰 (ファン・ビンビン) (Actor) | スティーブン・チョン (Actor) | 關智斌 (ケニー・クァン) (Actor) 사 정봉 (Actor) | Hisaishi Joe | Charlene Choi (Actor) | 張叔平(ウィリアム・チャン) | Lei Chu Xiong | 천보린 (Actor) | Fan Bing Bing (Actor) | Steven Cheung (Actor) | Kenny Kwan (Actor)
Director: Jeff Lau 劉鎮偉 刘镇伟 劉鎮偉(ジェフ・ラウ) Jeff Lau
Release Date: 2006-02-13
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.33 : 1
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 103 (mins)
Publisher: Joy Sales (HK)
Other Information: 2DVDs
Package Weight: 170 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004113760

Product Information

DVD 天碟版 Avant Garde Edition
- 兩片裝
- Laser card printing 珍珠咭印刷 + DigiTray 包裝
- DISC 1 NTSC 16:9
/ Main Features 正片 / Bonus Trailers 未來預告 / 幕後講評 Commentaries X 2
/ 廣東話 Cantonese DD5.1 + DTS 96/24 (原裝96/24混音 + dts 壓縮處理 Native 96/24 mixing + dts encoding process)
/ 繁體中文 + 簡體中文 + 英文字幕

- Disc 2 NTSC 16:9 + 4:3
/ 刪剪片段 Deleted Scenes / 音樂錄像 Music Video / 幕前幕後訪問 Cast and Crew Intreview / 幕後花絮 Behind the Scenes / 相片庫 Photo Gallery
/ 廣東話 Cantonese
/ 繁體中文 + 簡體中文 + 英文字幕

Director: Lau Chun Wai







Tang monk Tripitaka (Nicholas Tse) and his three disciples: Monkey King Sun Wukong (Chen Bolin), Pig Monk Zhu Wuneng (Kenny Kwan), and Sand Monk Sha Wujing (Steven Cheung) arrive to a hero's welcome in Shache city. Little do they know that ahead of them lays Tripitaka's most arduous challenge before he achieves deification.

During their stay in the city the three disciples are captured by evil tree spirits. As Tripitaka tries to find a way to save them he meets an ugly lizard imp, Meiyan (Charlene Choi), who falls in love with him at first sight and devotes herself to him.

The story is full of monsters and creatures of unknown origins, and also the beautiful Princess Xiaoshan (Fan Bingbing) and her army. As she journeys to earth, her path crosses Tripitaka's, and she vows her help, prompting him to leave with the princess.

Meiyan is heartbroken. She picks a fight with Xiaoshan, and although she loses, she discovers her own identity as a galactic warrior.
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August 30, 2007

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When the first images from Hong Kong fantasy blockbuster A Chinese Tall Story began to circulate, the general response went something like this: "What have they done to Charlene Choi?" Choi, one half of pop group Twins, is not what you'd call an ugly woman, but the film's producers certainly gave her their very best beating with the ugly stick, burying her features under layers of facial prosthetics, massive buck teeth, warts, a hunch back and absolutely horrible hair. But lost in the reaction to Choi's makeover for the film was the possibility that it might actually be good. And it is. Based on the popular Chinese folk tale Journey Into The West and a quasi-sequel to Steven Chow's Chinese Odyssey films, A Chinese Tall Story is a bewildering, sometimes inconsistent film, prone to major leaps in logic and an occasional over reliance on CG effects. But it is also visually stunning, well performed, frequently laugh-out-loud funny, and very entertaining.

Populated with monks, demons, magical forces, time traveling space ships, Spider-Man, and malevolent tree spirits, A Chinese Tall Story is a broad, convoluted, slapstick fantasy. Though Chow himself does not appear in this, film director Jeff Lau is a long time collaborator, directing Chow in the Chinese Odyssey films based on the same source, and that same sense of humor pervades the film. Nothing is too absurd, no distance too far to go for a joke, but running beneath the pratfalls is a desire to actually tell a legitimate story based on legitimate emotions.

Nicholas Tse stars as Tripitaka, a monk traveling to the Shache City with his three disciples - the monkey king Wukong, pig monk Wuneng, and sand monk Wujing - to find and translate some legendary ancient sutras that Tripitaka believes will usher the world into a state of peace and harmony. But, you see, not everybody wants peace and harmony and, unknown to Tripitaka, the evil tree spirits are lying in wait to spoil his plans. A massive battle ensues, Tripitaka's disciples are captured and Wukong forces Tripitaka himself to flee. When Tripitaka is captured by a clan of lizard imps, he is placed in the care of Meiyan, an imp outcast from the rest of her clan due to her extreme ugliness. Meiyan's mother advises her to eat Tripitaka to achieve eternal youth but Meiyan falls in love with him instead, and sets off to help him save Wukong and the other disciples. Along the way, they encounter a space princess from another time, join a clan of demons who give Tripitaka evil lessons, and ultimately travel to the heavens.

Personally I wouldn't want the job of taking the lead in a sequel to a Stephen Chow film but Tse - in a different role, as Chow played the monkey king Wukong in the earlier films - proves surprisingly up to the challenge, giving his normal cool tough guy image a break to show a skill for absurd slapstick. Choi, the more talented of the Twins, begins with the barest sketch of a character, and eventually manages to flesh it out into something far more complete and appealing than it has any right to be. As for the rest of the actors, there are simply far too many characters popping on and off screen for any of them other than Wukong and the Princess to get any significant screen time, but everyone acquits themselves well with as much as they're given to do. Observant fans will even spot a good number of cameos from classic stars such as Gordon Liu.

On a technical level, the film is generally fairly impressive. Any film smart enough to hire frequent Miyazaki and Kitano collaborator Joe Hisaishi to write the score obviously has something going on, and the quality of Hisaishi's work is generally matched in other aspects. Production designs are vast and lush and, while the extensive CG work is generally not photo-realistic in any sense, the film is smart enough to turn that potential liability into an asset by using a deliberately stylized approach to composite the images that bolsters rather than distracts from the fantasy elements of the film. The one exception to this is a major sequence that abandons the human characters entirely in favor of a fully CG approach and, with the human element removed, ends up looking like a mid-grade video game.

The Hong Kong DVD release is excellent. The transfer is crisp, clean and anamorphic, the soundtrack pops, and the release is hugely English friendly with every single one of the extensive special features - yes, even the audio commentary in a very rare move - offering good English subtitles. I recommend taking the time to watch the director interview after watching the film, as listening to him discuss the philosophical underpinnings of the film will open up a surprising amount of depth to all the manic goofiness. No, it's not high art but it's not the piece of fluff it appears to be on the surface, either.

A Chinese Tall Story is not without its weaknesses. There are some major leaps of logic and gaps in the plot that will leave viewers scratching their heads from time to time. The script seems to take short cuts, assuming that the audience will already be well familiar with these characters, which may be true in China and Hong Kong where the source story is well known, but is much less the case in the West. That said, it's good fun and well worth a look.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4.8 out of 10 (20)

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February 3, 2008

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Priority One - Re-edit Customer Review Rated Bad 3 - 3 out of 10
This could have been a very good movie if the director had stayed with the Sci-Fi theme. I suggest re-editing the movie by cutting out all the sad nonsense after the final battle with "The Living Tree" Send the aleins back to their part of the comos and THE END. The silly Buda idea and the Sweetheart turned HORSE really got on my last nerve! Conclusion: Please use a real director and producer next time; if they don't know how to end a story.
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December 21, 2006

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ridiculous!! Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
okay..i thought this would be a very interesting movie because it was about the journey to the west kidna thing..but this movie..everything was outta was so ridiculuos..eveyrthing is a sense at all..i'm not gonna say too much b/c i've stopped watching the movie after seeing 30 ridiculous minutes of it!

first of all..they've twisted the journey to west to an outta proportional extent..nicholas acts all weird and in a way gay feeling...the other characters had no acting skills..just running around..yelling..arguing..all i can hear from them was yell yell yell..

and then charlene comes in outta no where..her charcter was a bit funny..but the was no plot..eveyrhintg just happen all at the same time..i couldn't evne get what was going minute nicholas is getting killed..the next minute he's with charlene running off somewhere

pretyt much..eveyrthing is a dones't make any sense..i found it a waste of my time

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October 27, 2006

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mix feelings Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
The story line is bad, so hard to follow. You don't need to read or watch the original Journey to the West to follow up with this movie. The story line is just plain confusing no matter what. HOwerver, with a lil bit background of the original come along the way, it would help u understand some jokes in the movie. The graphic is nice but sometimes overdone leaving you with a feeling of wow, this is ridiculous. The ending could have done better. The cast is overall good. I'm not quite impressed with the image of Buddha, I think something is not right.

Overall, I give it 6/10, worth to have it for 2006 HK movie collection though. By the way, this movie kinda reminds me of world of warcraft, AQ20, if anyone know what i'm talking about.
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August 2, 2006

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Fun and Sad Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I laugh a lot at the beginning of the movie. Nicholas Tse in the role of Tripitaka was very funny at the beginning. Almost the same for Charlene Choi in the role of Mei Yin. The end was so touching! I almost cry!
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May 27, 2006

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goshers. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
it was the complete opposite almost of the original story, but to me it was quite cute, but in a mindless tv sort of way. knowing the story you would expect so much things to NOT happen, but it does. it was surprising to see a twist on it, but it was enjoyable. the cast&effects were amazing also.
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