Audiences flock to see the new version of "A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella" at a special advanced screening in a Beijing theater, April 10, 2017. [Photo / China.org.cn]
"King of Comedy" Stephen Chow's old classic "A Chinese Odyssey" will be re-released in Chinese theaters on Thursday night with previously unreleased materials.
The 1994 fantasy film is actually the second part of Jeffery Lau's cult classic franchise which is loosely based on Chinese ancient classic "Journey to the West." There are more than 11 minutes of new materials added to the original "A Chinese Odyssey Part Two - Cinderella" this time.
Western Movie Group, which owns the copyright, said there is about 10 hours of unused footage from the film's shooting in the 1990s, which was discovered in a warehouse. After internal discussion, the film company decided to re-edit the film and make it into an extended version.
A spokesman for the film company said it will provide new angles and new characters for a new generation while paying tribute to the original and pleasing nostalgic fans. Besides adding unreleased footages, the company also had technicians delicately restore and enhance the full movie's 150,000 frames in high-definition 2K resolution in 105 days.
However, neither Lau nor Chow, as well as other actors will participate in the re-release project. The original "A Chinese Odyssey" failed at Chinese box offices in 1994-1995 and Chow’s own collaborating film company then went bankrupt. Now Western Movie Group (formerly Xi'an Film Studios) holds the sole copyright in mainland.