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Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Stephen Chow (Director, Producer) | Shu Qi (Actor) | Wen Zhang (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor)
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In 1995, comedy superstar Stephen Chow and director Jeff Lau re-imagined the Journey to the West mythos with the two-part A Chinese Odyssey film. A twisted fantasy comedy packed with special effects, the film elevated Chow's signature brand of comedy to a whole new level and became one of the star's most popular films among Mainland China audiences. 17 years later, Chow takes the director's chair with Gallants director Derek Kwok for Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, an original chapter that creates a new origin story for one of the story's major characters.

Making his first film since 2008's CJ7, Chow is strictly staying behind the scenes for the first time in his career. However, his unique comedic style can be clearly felt in the film's silly humor, striking visuals, as well as the comic performances of stars Wen Zhang (Love is Not Blind), Shu Qi (If You Are the One), Huang Bo (Lost in Thailand) and Taiwan pop prince Show Luo. Released in time for the Lunar New Year holidays, Conquering the Demons became the second highest-grossing film ever at the Chinese box office and the top-grossing Chinese-language film in history, proving that Stephen Chow is truly a hit maker even when he's staying behind the camera.

Demon hunter Chen Xuanzhang (Wen Zhang) believes that he can purify any demon through love. However, his belief is shaken when his attempt to defeat a demon fish ends in a family's death and a victory for violent demon hunter Duan (Shu Qi). After getting encouragement from his master, Xuanzhang soldiers on to hunting down a demonic hog with the help of Duan, who has fallen in love with Xuanzhang. Despite help from other demon hunters, the hog gets away. As a last resort, Xuanzhang and Duan turn to the help of Sun Wukong (Huang Bo), who has been imprisoned for five centuries for his crimes in heaven.

This edition includes making of, music video, a stills gallery and trailers.

Note: This edition includes the Cantonese version of the film.

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Product Title: Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 西遊降魔篇 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 西游降魔篇 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 西遊降魔篇 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) Journey To The West: Conquering the Demons (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Shu Qi (Actor) | Wen Zhang (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Tang Yi Xin | Ho Man Fai (Actor) | Yang Di (Actor) | Zhao Zhi Ling (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Chen Bing Qiang (Actor) 舒 淇 (Actor) | 文 章 (Actor) | 羅志祥 (Actor) | 黃渤 (Actor) | 唐 藝昕 | 何文輝 (Actor) | 楊迪 (Actor) | 趙志凌 (Actor) | 李尚正 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 陳 炳強 (Actor) 舒 淇 (Actor) | 文 章 (Actor) | 罗志祥 (Actor) | 黄渤 (Actor) | 唐 艺昕 | 何文辉 (Actor) | 杨迪 (Actor) | 赵志凌 (Actor) | 李尚正 (Actor) | 周秀娜 (Actor) | 陈 炳强 (Actor) 舒淇(スー・チー) (Actor) | 文章(ウェン・チャン) (Actor) | 羅志祥(ショウ・ルオ) (Actor) | 黄渤(ホァン・ボー) (Actor) | Tang Yi Xin | Ho Man Fai (Actor) | Yang Di (Actor) | 趙志凌 (チウ・チーリン) (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | 周秀娜 (クリッシー・チャウ) (Actor) | Chen Bing Qiang (Actor) 서기 (Actor) | Wen Zhang (Actor) | Show Luo (Actor) | Huang Bo (Actor) | Tang Yi Xin | Ho Man Fai (Actor) | Yang Di (Actor) | Zhao Zhi Ling (Actor) | Li Shang Zheng (Actor) | Chrissie Chau (Actor) | Chen Bing Qiang (Actor)
Director: Stephen Chow | Derek Kwok 周 星馳 | 郭子健 周 星驰 | 郭子健 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) | 郭子健 (デレク・クォック) 주성치 | 곽 자건
Producer: Stephen Chow 周 星馳 周 星驰 周星馳(チャウ・シンチー) 주성치
Release Date: 2013-05-09
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: 6.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD-9, DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 110 (mins)
Publisher: Edko Films Ltd. (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033179772

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* Special Features:
1. Teaser Trailer
2. Theatrical Trailer
3. Making Of
4. MV
5. MV - Making Of
6. Photo Gallery

Director: Zhou Xing Chi, Guo Zi Jian

This is a world plagued by demons, causing its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon-catcher Xuan Zhang, fearlessly guided by the belief “give myself for the greater cause”, risks his all and catches a water demon, a pig demon and the king of all demons the Monkey King. He makes them his disciples, and reforms them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zhang himself discovers the true meaning of the Greater Love. In order to rescue the world, and for redemption from their own sins, the four of them, without any regrets, start on the hellish journey to obtain the Buddhist scriptures from the West….
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April 29, 2013

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Stephen Chow returns, in spirit if not form. The superstar actor-filmmaker is back with the familiar Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, his first film since 2008's CJ7 and one that he doesn't actually appear in. If that sounds disappointing, then deal with it because Journey to the West is still an entertaining film that's worthy of the Stephen Chow brand. Chow is listed as writer, producer and co-director (alongside Derek Kwok of Gallants), which should be reassuring since the films on which he's performed the same duties have generally been good. Also, Journey to the West features such an inspired collection of actors that it's hard to imagine that the film really had any room for Stephen Chow. His presence is so iconic and comes with so many expectations that he would only overshadow the other actors and rob them of the spotlight they deserve.

Like his previous Chinese Odyssey films, Journey to the West is a reworking of the Monkey King legend, this time containing even more of Chow's particular obsessions. The film opens at a fishing village where demon hunter Chen Xuanzhang (Wen Zhang) fails at subduing a deadly water demon. Luckily for the village, Xuanzhang is upstaged by a far more skilled demon hunter, Miss Duan (Shu Qi), who bears the "Infinite Flying Ring", a size-shifting golden ring that can multiply itself and cut through her foes. Despite being embarrassed, Xuanzhang continues his quest to honor the "Greater Love", i.e., the love for all of creation and perhaps even demons themselves. Meanwhile, Miss Duan pursues the "Lesser Love" , i.e., the one involving physical intimacy and all that icky stuff. The problem: the target of her lesser love is none other than the chaste Chen Xuanzhang.

Xuanzhang and Duan's would-be romance forms the film's emotional thread, complemented by a more kinetic storyline involving the murderous pig demon KL Hog. Xuanzhang seeks to stop KL Hog and looks for help from the imprisoned Sun Wukong (Huang Bo) a.k.a. The Monkey King, who has been imprisoned for five hundred years beneath a mountain for his offenses against Heaven. Wukong is a humbled but not fully tamed demon, and the inevitable recipient of Xuanzhang's greater love. If you know your Monkey King lore, then you should realize that Journey to the West is the story of how Xuanzhang becomes the divine monk Tripitaka, who eventually takes Sun Wukong as his disciple in order to travel west in search of Buddhist scriptures. Essentially, this is Tripitaka Begins – except with an important lesson on how lesser love informs Tripitaka's ultimate transformation into Buddha's earthly avatar.

Chow is a little late to this party; Jeff Lau performed a similar "lesser love" riff on the Tripitaka character in 2005's A Chinese Tall Story. But most audiences probably didn't see that film, and Journey to the West hits enough high points to make it worthwhile for those who did. The opening at the fishing village is phenomenal, offering peril, emotion and surprise through strong direction and comic timing in addition to solid CGI and choreography. The scene goes on for a while before explaining its significance or introducing the main characters, but proves an immersive introduction to the film's world. A subsequent scene at KL Hog's inn/abattoir is also a show-stopper, mixing visual effects with horrific imagery and sharp tension. Both are strong set pieces that anchor the film but they also make it uneven as they're better than the majority of action sequences that follow and their considerable length noticeably slows the film's pace.

As a collection of set pieces, Journey to the West is nearly without peer, but as a complete, developed narrative film it doesn't fully gel. Despite the presence of demons and death, the stakes are difficult to discern and tension does not rise effectively. The appearance of Sun Wukong corrects this somewhat, as the threat of his freedom is adequately telegraphed. However, the film's version of the true Monkey King is underwhelming as the character lacks his usual endearing impishness and charisma. This is partially acceptable since the film is a reworking of the Monkey King legend, and even invents an alternate origin for his restrictive golden headband. But this Monkey King's evil and murderous portrayal is off-putting, and there are portions that make no sense, like when his indestructible golden staff is destroyed and then inexplicably reappears – a lazy detail that Chow should be above.

Also lazy: the CGI-overkill ending, which references Dragonball, previous Stephen Chow films, and even video games, as evidenced by one sequence that's lifted directly from the PlayStation 3 game Asura's Wrath. Whereas earlier set pieces mix CGI, actors and choreographed action, the climax is pretty much a CGI orgy that's not technically convincing – and it doesn't compensate with any low-tech Hong Kong Cinema charm either. The protracted climax is filled with familiar Chow signifiers, from anime influences to manga tropes to old-fashioned mo lei tau. And yet this over-reliance on CGI – and derivative CGI at that – mars the film's more inspired moments. Considering the Asura's Wrath connection, Journey to the West literally ends with a videogame cutscene! Given the wealth of talent both in front of and behind the camera, Journey to the West's over-reliance on CGI is deflating.

The actors are a huge lift, however. Wen Zhang, so good in everything from Ocean Heaven to Love is Not Blind, possesses the deadpan demeanor and endearing innocence suitable for a Stephen Chow hero, and he's a pretty good dancer too. One funny segment involves Xuanzhang's body being controlled by Miss Duan's sexy sister (Chrissie Chau), and Wen's seductive dancing is actually better than Chau's. Shu Q utilizes her entire acting arsenal here, from delightful girlishness to earnest affection to felt emotion. Multi-talented Huang Bo is a terrific choice as the human aspect of Sun Wukong (and not the full-powered Monkey King – he's played by a shorter guy in a monkey suit), and Taiwan singer Show Luo does a killer Stephen Chow impression as sickly demon hunter Prince Handsome. The supporting cast is funny and self-effacing, and a few notable players from previous Chow films make appearances.

Note to parents: Journey to the West is surprisingly dark, with disturbing imagery and many unfunny deaths. Those taking kids to "that Stephen Chow movie with the talking monkey" should beware, and everyone else simply shouldn't expect Shaolin Soccer or Kung Fu Hustle. Unlike those classics, this latest Stephen Chow film doesn't raise Chinese commercial cinema to a new level, but it's smart, funny and exemplary as populist fare. The sight gags and dry comic asides are as enjoyable as anything from Chow's accomplished filmography, and the themes of devoted love and irreconcilable regret – two concepts that Chow frequently obsesses over – strike the proper emotional chords. While it's sad that Stephen Chow has apparently given up performing, his work behind the camera inspires plenty of confidence, and if further adventures of Wen Zhang and Huang Bo tripping to the west are in the offing, then the line forms to the left. Just work faster, Mr. Chow. You're not getting any younger.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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October 9, 2015

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Memories of the past Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This is a different version of the prequel to how the journey to west would have begun. How the master met his disciples and gained his nirvana or whatever you would call it to become the holy monk he is.

Definitely see some of the old Stephen Chow jokes from his movies a Chinese Odyssey in this version. Like how the love quote from A Chinese Odyssey," If there was a limit to my love for you, it would be 10,000 years" was changed in this version to be even more touching and meaningful which I'll let viewers find out themselves

One of the funniest jokes was the fighting scene with the guy who had the tiny leg. I guess to translate it in english would be the sky's cruel foot or in this movie the sky's cripple foot where the word for cruel/cripple can sound the same but have different meanings depending how you use it. I guess it would only make sense in cantonese and the fact that the move in old chinese kung fu films was basically a giant foot stepping down on you, but the pun is the characters foot is super deformed in this movie.

Definitely was a bit confused at the start, but eventually everything made sense and fell into place.

It's been a long time since I've seen a well made movie by stephen chow or the Hong Kong cinema. Maybe stephen chow wasn't in this film, but his ideas were definitely there and reminded me of his old great movies.
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July 30, 2014

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A movie about truth, beauty & goodness Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
One thing is clear from reading reviews of Stephen Chow's "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons": People loved Chow's "A Chinese Odyssey" movies, based upon the same classic novel, and hoped that this new film would be something similar. Chow, however, has a different purpose for this project, a purpose hidden in the film's subtitle, "Conquering the Demons".

This is a movie meant to promote Buddhism. The theme is stated repeatedly: We are born innately good. Evil overcomes our hearts. Through spiritual training and enduring hardship, we must reawaken our goodness and conquer our evil. Then, as the central character says, "If you just do good with all your heart, you'll reap the rewards." This theme is the thread which runs throughout the film and informs every scene. The brilliance of Chow's success is that by imbuing this theme with comedy, action, romance and horror, he prevents it from becoming schematic and creates a thrilling masterpiece. With the film's 'everything but the kitchen sink' style, it apes the Hong Kong movie classics of the '80s and '90s, but operates on a much deeper level.

Wen Zhang stars as bumbling demon hunter Chen Xuanzhang, who seeks to conquer demons through the power of love by singing songs from a worn copy of "300 Nursery Rhymes". When his goofy technique fails to subdue a terrifying fish demon, the more forceful demon hunter Duan (Shu Qi) uses the power of fists to save the day. From the outset, the 'odd couple' demon hunters are smitten with each other, but Xuanzhang rejects his feelings as being a lower form of love not suited to his purpose of seeking the Greater Love. The paths of the two demon hunters intersect in both terrifying and hilarious ways, culminating in their meeting with the greatest demon, the Monkey King Sun Wukong (Huang Bo). The cast delivers amusingly loose-limbed, Stephen Chow-like performances. Wen Zhang is endearing, Shu Qi finds a sexy charm in her rough-hewn character, and Huang Bo oozes oily charisma. Show Luo and Chrissie Chau also make strong impressions.

As a committed Christian, my belief differs profoundly from this film's theme; my faith teaches that we are born in a fallen state and only through receiving the gift of faith may gain salvation. Nonetheless, I was swept up and delighted from the first moment of this wonderful film and repeated viewings have only increased my admiration for it. Chow hasn't sold me on Buddhism, but he has sold me on "Journey to the West".
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July 6, 2013

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Horrible Moviie Customer Review Rated Bad 0 - 0 out of 10
Worts movie of the year. Storyline is so tweaked that it doesn't make any sense. Not funny at all.
No where near the Chinese Odyssey. Such a disappointment from Stephen Chow.
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