Demon-Busters
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Review by Ross Anthony

I sought out this film after greatly enjoying Stephen Chow's earlier works: Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer. Journey to the West didn't let me know.

It shares that same ticklish combination of grit (blood in some cases), special-effect laden martial arts combat, and his signature sense of humor, with an underlying warm heart beating courageously throughout.

My girlfriend and I were talking about this film for days after viewing. However, at least for English speaking audiences, I found the captions a bit small to read -- and very fast. (This is regarding the DVD screener that was sent for reviewing purposes. Your viewing experience may be quite different.) We often paused the DVD so we could finish reading the captions. Had they been larger, or taken advantage of the black lower region (created by the letterbox format), that would have been much better. I'd be interested in comparing it to the English dubbed version.

Nonetheless, this newest chow-fried film is fun, punchy and definitely looks like the first of a series. I look forward to the next installment of Journey to the West.

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  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Copyright © 2014.
  • Written and Directed by Stephen Chow.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)


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