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92 Ratings

A Chinese Odyssey - Part One: Pandora's Box

Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap

Directed by Jeffrey Lau
Hong Kong, 1995
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • Cantonese
  • English


An ancient Monkey King is reincarnated as a bandit with no knowledge that 500 years ago he and his master were cursed to be ensnared by human mortality.

Our take

An inspired, action-packed take on the timeless Chinese novel Journey to the West, the legends of the Hong Kong New Wave unite for this marvelous diptych adaptation. Weaving pure fantasy with slapstick, giant spiders, and even time travel, this is a brilliant zenith of cinema as spectacle.

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Awards & Festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards

1996 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

1996 | 3 wins including: Film of Merit

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