A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella (1995)
Director: Jeff Lau
Tagline: Only you…
Following straight on from A Chinese Odyssey Part 1, we rejoin Joker (Stephen Chow) as he ends up 500 years in the past and meets the beautiful and mischievous Zixia (Athena Chu) who is on the run from heaven’s guards after her and her sister Lin Qingxia (Ada Choi) decided to give up being the Buddha’s lamp wick and escape to Earth.
What makes it more confusing is that Joker’s arrival actually changes the course of events and in a sequence that reminded me of Back to the Future II, he actually runs into himself in the past (as Monkey King), and ends up changing the course of history while trying to get Pandora’s Box to get back to the future.
I have to admit that I found the story hard to follow at times as it goes so fast and there is a lot of dialogue. Even with the high speed (and funny) recap of events by Joker in one scene, it would be best to watch this film a couple of times so you can understand the story.
In this movie we finally get to see King Monkey strut his stuff action-wise, and it turns out to be well worth the wait. Stephen Chow is almost unrecognisable under the make up and any film that incorporates farting into a fight scene is a great one to watch.
The other costumes of the Pig King (Ng Man-tat), King Bull and some of the other wedding guests are great also as you can hardly recognise the actor inside them.
I recognised Ng Man-tat straight away when he started picking his nose, as no one does that quite like him.
While the leading and the rest of the supporting characters are quite well played, I thought they overdid it with the Longevity Monk (Law Kar-ying) being annoying as those scenes went on and on and tended to drag the movie down. (I did enjoy the scene of him singing in the prison cell though.)
Overall, I enjoyed this movie more than the first Chinese Odyssey movie, but you really need to have seen the first film to get anything out of it. As before, I would recommend this movie to action and fantasy fans who like laughs mixed into the action.
This movie is also available as part of the Stephen Chow Collection: Period/Fantasy.