2 January 2008 | mstomaso
Pretty but Pointless
It is interesting and telling to note that nobody is credited for writing this wandering series of tangents from Taiwan.
Essentially, the film hails from the historical fantasy / folkloric genre of Martial Arts entertainment. The plot, though convoluted and absurd, is reminiscent of Chinese opera and other traditional aspects of Chinese story-telling.
Through a series of not-very compelling plot-twists, a beautiful princess is obliged to marry a monkey and the newlyweds are exiled to an island near the princess' former kingdom. Her lover, who is also apparently the father of her son, has also been banished because of the same series of unlikely events, and most of the film is about how he aims to settle all accounts.
There are a few unusual attempts at ribald humor, some predictable but entertaining Kung Fu, and a lot of silliness with monkeys. The film is well-shot and the princess' acting is worth watching. However, I can only recommend this film to Martial Arts completists. It took me three nights to get through it.