Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons,” a fantasy action comedy film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kok (Derek Kwok Chi-Kin). The film is a loose comedic re-interpretation of the Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en.
It tells the story of a world full of demons where people’s lives are miserable. A young man named Tang SanZang bears the undaunted spirit of “sacrificing one’s own interest for thesake of others,” making pig monster and Sun Wukong his disciples and helping them remold themselves. Finally, Xuan Zang himself also feels the authentic meaning of “big love.” To save the commoners from their miserable lives and redeem their own evil, Xuan Zang and his three disciples unhesitatingly embark on the journey to the West.
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Later on, you get some "unique" romance since the main female lead is...interesting? And pretty much everything is mixed with comedy so you'll get enough laughs and chuckles throughout the whole journey.
The important special effects are well done and you get some martial arts mixed in but its not alot. I think the action in this movie was balanced between martial arts and special effects. But since its such a good story with great production, great ost/music and awesome actors, you dont really mind such details no matter what your preferences are between martial arts and special effects.
The movie as a whole felt like a tease because it left me wanting more. Wish it was at least a 2hr movie. It kinda reminded me of KungFu hustle (though that movie is probably funnier. The lead in KungFu Hustle is the director of this). It adds new content to the Journey to the West story that most are familiar with so if you are one of those then its a reason to definitely check this one out! (And if you arent it dosent really matter!)
The movie is not excellent when it comes to graphic. Some demons look artificial. Due to this fact, there are moments where comic and tragic features clash.
One interesting quote from the movie, 'there's no greater love, there's no lesser love'. Conquering the demons on earth is easier than conquering the demons in the mind. No spoilers! Happy watching :)!