Whether you’ve realised it or not, you’ve probably seen at least one Journey to the West adaptation in your life. That age-old Chinese tale is older than the bible and a ton more exciting as well. Now combine that story with director Steven Chow and what looks like an unlimited special effects budget, and you’ve got something that looks even more ludicrous than his previous film, Kung-Fu Hustle.
Based on the classic tale from Chinese literature, Journey to the West takes place in a world plagued by demons, who cause its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon hunter Xuan Zang, fearlessly guided by his belief in “giving himself for the greater cause”, risks his all and conquers a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. He embraces them as his disciples, and melts them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zang discovers the true meaning of Greater Love himself. In order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them embark on a journey to the West that’s full of challenges…
Holy mythology, it looks Steven Chow has been playing way too much Asura’s Wrath lately. The film is out next year March, but it’ll also be up for download on iTunes on launch day.
Last Updated: December 19, 2013