In 1995, comedy superstar Stephen Chow and director Jeff Lau re-imagined the Journey to the West
mythos with the two-part A Chinese Odyssey
film. A twisted fantasy comedy packed with special effects, the film elevated Chow's signature brand of comedy to a whole new level and became one of the star's most popular films among Mainland China audiences. 17 years later, Chow takes the director's chair with Gallants
director Derek Kwok for Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
, an original chapter that creates a new origin story for one of the story's major characters.
Making his first film since 2008's CJ7, Chow is strictly staying behind the scenes for the first time in his career. However, his unique comedic style can be clearly felt in the film's silly humor, striking visuals, as well as the comic performances of stars Wen Zhang (Love is Not Blind), Shu Qi (If You Are the One), Huang Bo (Lost in Thailand) and Taiwan pop prince Show Luo. Released in time for the Lunar New Year holidays, Conquering the Demons became the second highest-grossing film ever at the Chinese box office and the top-grossing Chinese-language film in history, proving that Stephen Chow is truly a hit maker even when he's staying behind the camera.
Demon hunter Chen Xuanzhang (Wen Zhang) believes that he can purify any demon through love. However, his belief is shaken when his attempt to defeat a demon fish ends in a family's death and a victory for violent demon hunter Duan (Shu Qi). After getting encouragement from his master, Xuanzhang soldiers on to hunting down a demonic hog with the help of Duan, who has fallen in love with Xuanzhang. Despite help from other demon hunters, the hog gets away. As a last resort, Xuanzhang and Duan turn to the help of Sun Wukong (Huang Bo), who has been imprisoned for five centuries for his crimes in heaven.