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159 Ratings

A Chinese Odyssey - Part One: Pandora's Box

Sai yau gei: Yut gwong bou haap

Directed by Jeffrey Lau
Hong Kong, 1995
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy


An ancient Monkey King is reincarnated as a bandit with no knowledge that 500 years ago he and his master were cursed to be ensnared by human mortality.

A Chinese Odyssey - Part One: Pandora's Box Directed by Jeffrey Lau

Awards & Festivals

Hong Kong Film Awards

1996 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards

1996 | 3 wins including: Film of Merit

Critics reviews

It’s an unexpectedly profound blend of wacky comedy and existential melancholy. It’s the acme of the mo lei tau genre, the high point at which its absurdity becomes elevated to something like a philosophy of life.
August 12, 2019
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