A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box ★★★★½

Stephen Chow stars as a re-incarnated Monkey King who runs the Axe Gang out of an inn (a running theme in his work) which is invaded by two sisters (Skull Face and Giant Spider) who are looking to eat the flesh of a monk.

It's much simpler than it sounds.

This is everything a Hong Kong movie can be: Endlessly inventive, hilarious, and jaw-droppingly visual. It plays on a surprisingly small scale yet still involves big prosthetic spiders, bull kings and time travel. I could watch Stephen Chow get kicked in the flaming dick for hours and never stop laughing.

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