A Chinese Odyssey Part 2 continues where the first film left off, but in a much more dramatic (and even more confusing way).

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After watching the first part of the film a few days ago and enjoying it despite its mystifying plot. The sequel was something I looked forward to in the hope that it would go someway into explaining exactly what happened in the first film. It did not do this in any way and continued to confuse the hell out of me.

The entire film is so utterly confusing that a description of the plot is hard to sum up other than there’s a Monkey King (Stephen Chow) who time travels and has multiple romances with goddesses whilst hunting for the pandora’s box and fighting villains in badass kung fu scenes. It is so convoluted and messed up that it must have been done purposefully with the additions of random body-swapping between the lead characters being of particular annoyance.

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The sequel also has a much more dramatic tone than the first film, whilst it still has jokes it is not as slapstick based on the first and concentrates on allowing the characters to grow rather than just having them hit in the balls consistently and this works well as you actually feel a connection with the characters towards the end. The problem is that whilst the film has forgotten to be a comedy it has also forgotten to be a kung-fu movie. The opening hour of this film has almost no action and is an extreme drag and disappointment after the almost non-stop antics of the first… fight sequences and cool spider villains have been replaced with random musical numbers and sequences set inside the lead characters heart (literally); whilst this is as bizarre as the first movie it just came as a disappointment and lost my interest (hence why I had no idea what was going on in the final act).

The second half of this movie does however improve again as it gets to the fighting and it doesn’t disappoint (even if the villains don’t quite reach the heights of the first film). The sequences are action filled with multiple memorable moments. The ending to the film is also surprisingly touching and brings some sort of sense to the film (I think that if I had any idea what was actually happening it may have been tear-jerking).

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Overall Chinese Odyssey Part 2 compliments and contrasts Part 1. It is a more serious than its companion, allowing for good character growth and despite its even more complicated story packs a more emotional punch (but lacks the laughs). The films work well together because they are so different but similar, both of them improved by viewing the other.

7/10

Bonus Video:

A random musical number that appears in the middle of the movie.