Category Archives: 2017 Hong Kong Movies

Journey to the West: The Demons Fight Back 西遊伏妖篇 (2017) – China / Hong Kong

[NeoFilmShop.com] Journey to the West: The Demons Fight Back 西遊伏妖篇 (2017) – China / Hong Kong
Reviewed by Andrew Chan


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The eagerly anticipated sequel to the well made and crowd pleasing Journey to the West is largely disappointing. Considering it comes from the eccentric and wildly creative comic minds of director Tsui Hark and writer/ producer Stephen Chow, it contains none of their persona trademarks and instead the film is overwhelmed by terrible Korean CGI effects that seems to be the work of a high school factory. Not to mention, some of the inconsistent and over the top dialogue that seems more out of place than ever. Adding to the insult the film shares no resemblance to its pleasing prequel and yet it contains the guts to allude to the best aspect of the previous film. In turning cheating the audience into an inferno of mess and ruins that is more cartoony than filmmaking. None of the leads are charismatic enough or provide adequate comic relief. The best segment comes in the form of Mermaid’s lead Jelly Lin who once again lit up the screen with the only human resemblance of a performance. All in all, both Chow and Tsui being master of their own art fail miserably in recreating the over crowded Monkey King genre and adds nothing, but shame to their legacy and filmography. Chinese New Year comedies used to be fun and this is definitely not.

1.5/5

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The Yuppie Fantasia 3 小男人週記3之吾家有喜 (2017) – Hong Kong

[NeoFilmShop.com] The Yuppie Fantasia 3 小男人週記3之吾家有喜 (2017) – Hong Kong

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Veteran director and actor Lawrence Cheng’s latest comedic film contains some good 90s moments (largely due to the digitally captured Carol Cheng) and enough laughs for an interesting Chinese New Year comedy. Something that have been lacking for many years as most Chinese New Year comedies are now made for the Mainland audience, namely Stephen Chow. Lawrence Cheng impresses as the boss who have climbed the ladder after divorcing with his then wife (Carol Cheng) from the successful 90s prequels. What we get is duo collaborator Chrissie Chau whose performance in 2014’s Break Up 100 was undoubtedly her career highlight and fresh newcomer Larine Tang who impresses in a busty debut. There is enough comic moments in the film to carry through and the Carol Cheng interactions remains the film highlighted moments. Still, despite its honest intention, the film never rises above the existing genre convention, instead what we get is more of the same 90s style New Year comedy and sometimes that’s probably enough to ask for. 

3/5

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