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500 years ago, the Monkey King (Stephen Chow) was destroyed for
stealing the all-powerful Pandora's Box, and his soul was only spared
because the Longevity Monk (Law Kar-Ying) gave up his life in his stead.
Now he's about to be reborn though, and the Spider Woman (Lam Kit Ying) is
desperately waiting for his return, because Monkey has once promised
himself to her sister Jing Jing (Karen Mok) in marriage, and because she
wants him to father her own all-powerful child.
Somehow, Joker (Stephen
Chow) and his gang of thieves get mixed up in the whole affair and become
Spider Woman's slaves (while Joker also falls in love with Jing Jing), and
Joker desperately tries to stay alive by pretending to be the Monkey King
himself - which repeatedly gets him into troubles, most notably of all
when the Bull King attacks. Meanwhile, Spider Woman and Jing Jing fall out
to such an extent that Spider Woman even poisons her sister, while in an
accident, it is actually Joker's useless right-hand-man (Ng Man Tat) who
fathers her child.
Ultimately, Jing Jing is healed, but then she decides
to kill herself, while Joker finds Pandora's Box, which he plans to use to
turn back time and save Jing Jing's life, but with every time he goes
back, he only makes more of a mess - until he is transported into a weird
cave where he learns that he is actually the Monkey King himself after all
Admittedly, my synopsis might sound a bit confusing, and
rest assured, the film is even more confusing than that - but also
wickedly funny, less a story film but a series of over-the-top comedy and
excellently choreographed action setpieces - and most of this is
hilarious. And in that respect, a plot that doesn't make all that much
sense actually works for the film rather than against it. Not the most
intelligent film for sure, but great entertainment nevertheless.