A Chinese Odyssey: Part One – Pandora’s Box (1995).
I was genuinely a bit surprised to see the release date on this one because it felt a lot older, a bit of a previous generation, and I think maybe that kind of adds to my slow burn of appreciation for this beautiful crazy insanity.
This movie is all over the place. The dubbing is crazy, the combat effects are sweet and stupid simultaneously, the visual effects are completely over the top and although I tried really, really hard not to, I actually did laugh out loud at some of the laugh out loud moments.
There were some moments that reminded me of the slapstick and hectic pacing from Kung Fu Hustle (watched in the Time Before Reviews). Bearing this in mind I wasn’t too surprised to find out that the main lead in this gem is Stephen Chow (who time travels forward using Pandora’s Box to direct, produce and star in Kung Fu Hustle) and the director and one of the writers is Jeffrey Lau (who also time travels to co-produce Kung Fu Hustle).
Some sort of summary. Joker is the leader of a bandit gang, and everyone is surprised when a beautiful lady and then her sister turn up and move into their abandoned village. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be predictable in any way shape or form, because one of them is a spider demon and the other a wraith. They are here to await the arrival of the Longevity Monk, who in turn will herald the return of the Monkey King.
I’m really rather looking forward to part 2.