Monday, March 3, 2014

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box 西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒

 Released Year: 1995
Directed by 劉鎮偉 Jeffrey Lau

Casted by:
周星馳 Stephen Chow as 至尊寶 / 孫悟空 Monkey / Joker
吳孟達 Ng Man Tat as 二當家 / 豬八戒 Pigsy
莫文蔚 Karen Mok as 白晶晶 / 白骨精 Bak Jing Jing
藍潔瑛 Yammie Lam as 春三十娘 / 蜘蛛精 Spider Woman
500 years ago, during their journey to the west to fetch the Buddhist scriptures, Monkey got annoyed with the constant nagging of his master, Longevity Monk, and decided to betray the latter. He was intercepted and subdued by Guanyin, who decided to give him a second chance after the Monk pleaded for leniency.

In the present, Monkey has been reincarnated as Joker, the chief of a group of outlaws. Joker and his gang are attacked by two demons, Spider Woman and Bak Jing-jing, who threaten and force them to do their bidding. Joker's second-in-command (later revealed to be a reincarnation of Pigsy) secretly overhears the demons' plan to capture the Longevity Monk and feast on his flesh to gain immortality. On the other hand, Joker falls in love with Bak Jing-jing. Grandpa Buddha shows up in disguise as a bunch of grapes, informs Joker about the danger he is in, and gives him a magic mirror which can reveal a being's true form.

The group are later attacked by Bull King, who is also after the Monk. Joker and Pigsy flee with Bak Jing-jing and Spider Woman to Waterfall Cave, where the two demons start fighting over Joker. Bak Jing-jing and Joker eventually flee from the cave while Spider Woman becomes pregnant with Pigsy's child by accident. As Bak Jing-jing had been poisoned by Spider Woman, Joker goes back to the cave to ask for the antidote, but is imprisoned by Spider Woman. In the meantime, outside the cave, Bak Jing-jing is captured by Bull King, who cures her of the poison.

Inside the cave, Joker finds Pandora's Box, which can open up a time portal when moonlight shines on it and "Prajñāpāramitā" is chanted. He also overhears Guanyin's voice, telling him that he was actually Monkey in his past life and is destined to continue his quest to escort his master on the journey to the west. Meanwhile, Bull King and Bak Jing-jing enter the cave and start fighting with Spider Woman. Bak Jing-jing commits suicide after mistakenly believing that Joker has betrayed her love and fathered a child with Spider Woman.

Joker finds Bak Jing-jing and tries to save her by travelling back in time with the aid of Pandora's Box, but each time he arrives a few seconds too late to stop her from committing suicide. On his last attempt, however, he ends up going back in time to 500 years ago. Outside the cave, he encounters a fairy named Zixia, who confiscates Pandora's Box and sears three dots on the sole of his foot to mark him as her servant. He then looks in the magic mirror given to him by Grandpa Buddha earlier and is shocked to see a reflection of himself as Monkey.
  L² Scored: 10/10

L² Comment
 On the number 6 blockbuster of HK chart, the part one never failed to make me spit my rice out with laughter. I miss Yammie Lam, seriously not sure what happen to her, but she is very beautiful and her acting is quite good too even when she's in tvb. 

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