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3.1
138 Ratings

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Xi You Xiang Mo Pian

Directed by Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok
China, Hong Kong, 2013
Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Synopsis

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (西遊•降魔篇) is an action-comedy film directed by Stephen Chow and Derek Kok (Derek Kwok Chi-Kin). The movie was first announced in July 2011 and was released on February 10, 2013, in China. The film is a loose comedic re-interpretation of the Chine

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons Directed by Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok

Awards & Festivals

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | 2nd place: Best Undistributed Film

Hong Kong Film Awards

2014 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Actress

It’s heartening that this is the biggest blockbuster event of China’s 2013, as it’s quite good and — out of cultural context — winningly idiosyncratic, spending its money on a Buddhist parable rather than the usual hero’s quest to prevent the end of the universe.
January 12, 2015
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Journey to the West, adapted extremely loosely from a very famous 16th-century Chinese novel, is one of those movies that dares to mix unspeakable horror with laugh-out-loud slapstick, high-minded themes with dumb humor. Stephen Chow, who also made a name for himself Stateside with the hitsShaolin Soccer and Kung-fu Hustle, specializes in this kind of gonzo action comedy, and this is the most ambitious and spectacular movie he’s made yet.
March 07, 2014
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Conquering The Demons feels like a Chow movie through and through; as in his other films, much of its charm rests in the intermingling of the very high-concept and the very lowbrow. Long, effects-heavy set pieces… are peppered with fat suits, grimacing reaction shots, and sped-up Benny Hill-style running. Chow’s humor is coarse and facile, but it becomes surprising when placed against a backdrop of large-scale, pile-up action.
March 06, 2014
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