The comic actor-director’s latest has a trailer, and it’s about as crazy fun as you’d expect from the man behind “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle.”
The last decade has been the worse in only having three films from Chow, whose last directorial effort was the mostly ignored CG alien family comedy “CJ7” (it’s been five years since that one was released). Chow was originally supposed to direct and co-star in “The Green Hornet” before dropping out (and the verdict’s still out on whether the material was simply too terrible to redeem or if Chow’s departure was the ultimately the death blow).
“Journey to the West” is yet another adaptation of the classic of Chinese literature, whose influence has been felt in such diverse projects as “Dragonball Z” and “Alkazam the Great.” Chow’s blend of silliness is the perfect match for the material which stars Shu Qi (“The Transporter,” most recently in “Tai Chi Zero”) and Bo Wong.
Here’s the official synopsis from Twitch where they’re reporting that this one will be screening in China starting February 7:
Based on one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature of the same name, Stephen Chow’s “Journey To The West” is a contemporary remake of the misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India. The monk travelled to the “Western Regions” during the Tang Dynasty, to obtain sacred texts (s?tras). The bodhisattva Avalokite?vara (Guanyin), on instruction from the Buddha, gives this task to the monk and his three protectors in the form of disciples – namely Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sha Wujing – together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuanzang’s steed, a white horse. These four characters have agreed to help Xuanzang as atonement for their past sins.
Hopefully WellGo, Funimation or some other import-friendly company picks this one up for the U.S. as opposed to it languishing in limbo under the Weinstein Company like Chow’s previous releases.
[Source: Badass Digest]