A Chinese Tall Story

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  • NR
  • 2006
  • 4.9  (1,108)

A Chinese Tall Story is a 2005 fantasy-adventure film directed by Jeffrey Lau and starring Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, and Bingbing Fan. The film is based on the classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West" and takes place during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) in China. The story begins with a young monk named Tripitaka (Nicholas Tse) who is sent on a mission to retrieve a Buddhist scripture from the Western Regions. Along the way, he meets a group of unlikely companions including a shape-shifting pig demon named Zhu Baijie (Choi), a river demon named Sha Wujing (Louis Koo), and a monk turned demon hunter named Monk Sand (Steven Cheung). Together, they embark on a dangerous journey to retrieve the sacred scripture.

As they travel, they encounter many obstacles including supernatural creatures and treacherous terrain. However, their biggest obstacle comes in the form of the evil ruler of the Western Regions, the Buffalo Demon King (Tony Leung Ka-fai). The Buffalo Demon King has his own plans for the sacred scripture and will stop at nothing to get it.

Along the way, Tripitaka meets and falls in love with the beautiful and mysterious Princess Xiaoshan (Bingbing Fan). However, their love is put to the test when the Buffalo Demon King captures Xiaoshan and uses her as leverage to get the scripture from Tripitaka.

A Chinese Tall Story is a visually stunning film with impressive CGI and special effects. The film features elaborate sets, colorful costumes, and larger-than-life creatures. The film's use of visual effects enhances the fantastical world of the film and makes it a unique and engaging viewing experience.

The film's cast is also a highlight. Nicholas Tse is convincing as the determined and kind-hearted Tripitaka, while Charlene Choi steals the show as the spunky and comedic Zhu Baijie. Tony Leung Ka-fai is also excellent as the menacing and powerful Buffalo Demon King.

One of the film's standout elements is its sense of humor. A Chinese Tall Story is full of witty one-liners and comedic moments that make the film enjoyable and engaging. The film's humor lightens the mood and balances out the darker elements of the story.

Another strength of the film is its themes. A Chinese Tall Story touches on themes such as love, sacrifice, and the value of friendship. The film's characters learn valuable lessons throughout their journey and grow as individuals. The film's themes give it a deeper meaning and make it more than just a simple adventure film.

Overall, A Chinese Tall Story is a highly enjoyable and entertaining film. Its stunning visuals, strong cast, and sense of humor make it a great example of the fantasy-adventure genre. The film's themes and messages also give it a deeper meaning and make it a worthwhile viewing experience.

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    4.9  (1,108)