A Chinese Odyssey (大话西游) started as a two-part 1995 Hong Kong fantasy-comedy film directed by Jeffrey Lau, and starring Stephen Chow. The first part is titled A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒) while the second one is called A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣).
The franchise is very loosely based on the Wu Cheng'en novel Journey to the West.
A third film, A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three (大话西游3), was released in China on September 14, 2016. Han Geng replaces Stephen Chow as the Monkey King.
In 2017, the TV series A Chinese Odyssey: Love of Eternity (大话西游之爱你一万年) which further explores and combines all three films was released.
This franchise contains examples of the following tropes:
- Autobots, Rock Out!: "Dagger Group Prelude".
- The Chew Toy: Joker and his crew sneak into the White Bone cave, then accidentally cause a fire, which the guys helpfully stomp out. Then some guy's clothes catch fire. Cue stomping. Then Joker's pants catch fire. Yes, right there.
- Info Dump: When Joker finally finds Jingjing in the past, and winds up spilling everything about her future all at once in 2x speed.
- MacGuffin: The Moonlight Treasure Box.
- Orchestral Bombing: "Dagger Group Prelude".
- Overly Long Gag:
"Shit, who tied this knot?"
- This incarnation of Tripitaka being unnecessarily longwinded.
- For a given value of 'gag', every time Joker uses the Moonlight Box to jump back in time to save Jingjing always leads to him reaching her a second too late. Every. Single. Time. Until an unexplained hiccup causes the Moonlight Box to send him back 500 years instead of the ten or so minutes he was aiming for.
- A passionate moment when Joker and Jingjing start stripping off for sex... and end up taking way too long.
- Stable Time Loop: The first two films are self-contained - Joker goes back 500 years to save his girlfriend Bai Jingjing, only to fall in love with Zixia Fairy, go through a lot more shenanigans involving the rest of the team and then have an epic showdown with the Bull Demon King to save Zixia and his master.
- Time Travel: The Moonlight Treasure Box forms the crux of the plot, which combines approximately 500 years of separation from two different points of events. Yeah, time-travel shenanigans.