Archive of films Chinese Odyssey 2002 / Tianxia wushuang

Hong Kong
2002, 84 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2003

A fresh, witty story set in China. The young emperor and his sister run away from the imperial palace. They meet up with a rowdy nicknamed King Bully and his sister Phoenix. It’s love at first sight for all four of them, but they have to overcome all sorts of obstacles before the film can have a happing ending.


<DIV> <DIV>This fairytale story is set in China during the Ming dynasty. The young emperor and his sister Wushuang flee the imperial palace from the servitude of their domineering mother the empress. In town they meet a wanderer and rowdy nicknamed King Bully and his sister Phoenix. It’s love at first sight, but fate sets many obstacles in the path of the two couples, obstacles which have to be overcome before they can attain happiness side by side. This incredibly fresh and witty spectacle, involving disguises and misunderstandings resulting from changes of sex and social class, parodies and, at the same time, pays tribute to Chinese romantic stories. The director comments on his film with the words: “I had a lot of fun making this film. It has all the traits of my comedies, but it’s also a highly romantic story. My faith in the quality of the film lies in the promise that, if I find it entertaining, then so will the audience”. The producer of this film is the well-known Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai.</DIV></DIV>

About the director

Jeff Lau (b. 1956) was born in Hong Kong and is one of the most successful directors there. He is extremely well known as an author, director and producer of “absurd Hong Kong comedies”. He grew up in England and, before he started making films in 1987, worked as a publicist for a financial company and also for a production firm. He achieved great success with his 1990 film All for the Winner, which he worked on with Stephen Chow. He regularly works with actors Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. Select filmography: The Haunted Cop Shop (1987), All for the Winner (1990), The Eagle-Shooting Heroes (1993), Rose Rose I Love You (1993), Treasure Hunt (1994), A Chinese Odyssey, Part I, A Chinese Odyssey Part II, Second Time Around (2001), Chinese Odyssey 2002 (2002).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Another View
Director: Jeff Lau
Screenplay: Lan Ji
Dir. of Photography: Chi-Kwan Ngor
Music: Frankie Chan, Yi-Mo Tao, Roel A. Garcia
Editor: Wing-Ming Wong
Producer: Wong Kar-wai, Jacky Pang, Wu Zhuo
Production: Jet Tone Films
Cast: Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Vicky Zhao Wei, Chang Chen, Rebecca Pan, Athena Chu Yan
Contact: Fortissimo Films, Artcam Films, Jet Tone Films
www: CHECKED 167


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