A Chinese Tall Story (2005)
Reviewed by: evirei on 2006-01-13
Summary: It's taller than expected.
This romantic comedy starts of when Nicholas and his disciples finally reach the place where the sacred scroll was kept. Everything was going fine until the “Evil Tree Spirit” tries to kill Nicholas and eat him up. Yes, it’s believe that anyone who eats his flesh will remain immortal.

Oh ya, before I do continue, if you are expecting this show to have any or a lot of similarities to the original version, please DO NOT CONTINUE to read or watch this show.

The three disciples soon went and fight the “Evil Tree Spirit” which to me is the most unrealistic 3D part of the show. Yeah, I never could understand why they would have to use a “spawn” like figure to portray the “Evil Tree Spirit”. In this movie things were rather vice versa. Nicholas was rather afraid of his first disciple “the monkey king”. When they were being outnumbered by the “Evil Tree Spirit”, “the monkey king” quickly send his master away with his golden stick. Yes, the golden stick will only obey the person when they say “love you a thousand years” to activate it and “I don’t love you anymore” to deactivate it.

Nicholas was soon sent to a far away place where he landed himself on a evil spirit’s hideout. Everyone thought he is “the monkey king” since only the monkey king holds the golden stick. The leader in the hideout chooses Charlene to guard him because she is the ugliest and thus not easily being cheated by Nicholas.

The “Evil Tree Spirit” soon send troops over to look for Nicholas and most of the people in the hideout was killed. Nicholas and Charlene manages to escape and tries to find ways to safe Nicholas’s disciples.

Along the way, Nicholas and Charlene manage to crack up hilarious yet bringing a touch of romance jokes. Your eyes is not blur, yes, Nicholas’s character soon falls in love. One will ask.. “What? A monk falls in love? He even join the evil spirits?” Yup yup.. he did all that. Chinese cultural will find this hard to accept as monks were suppose to be noble and they cannot fall in love nor wear spiderman costume trying to spray cob webs. But let me remind you.. you are watching a ROMANTIC COMEDY. What is a romantic comedy without romance?

In the process of training and trying to safe his disciples, Nicholas soon falls in love with Charlene. Obviously there were obstacles and Nicholas misunderstood Charlene’s good intention and they both parted. Something magical happen to Charlene.. yeah and if you could see in the poster, she has this beautiful wings and she is no longer ugly.

One might ask, what’s Fan Bing Bing’s character. Ermmm she is supposed to be human race’s ancestors who left earth and went somewhere else to hide from war, when they suddenly came back. Well, to me.. it seems like they are god. Hahaha.. yes bright light in the sky… come and go as they like, manages to do weird and unexplainable stuff.

I would say it is a beautifully crafted story. Yes, true love is something hard to get, to be parted from someone you love isn’t that painful, it’s even worst when you are always with them and yet you can’t love them. The movie bombarded me with loads of beautiful 3D stuff every 5 minutes. Yeah, I think almost 70% of this show is CG’s and I think it is done beautifully especially Charlene’s angel wings.

In short, I would conclude this review with just two sentence. If you could watching the whole “the promise” without even having the intention of stabbing yourself till death with a knife, you will survive this.

Reviewer Score: 7