Directors: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok (co-director) (as Derek Kwok)
Writers: Stephen Chow (as Xingchi Zhou), Chi-kin Kwok (as Zijian Guo)
Stars: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang
Runtime: 1h 50min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Released: 7 February 2013
Synopsis: The story takes place before Tang Sanzang got his disciples and embarked on the Journey to the West.
A riverside village is terrorized by a mysterious aquatic creature. A Taoist priest kills a giant manta ray and insists that it is the demon. Sanzang, a self-proclaimed demon hunter, appears to warn the villagers that the animal is not the true demon. The villagers ignore him and, at the priest’s provocation, string him up. The demon reemerges and kills many of the villagers. Sanzang frees himself and, along with the survivors, manages to beach the creature, which turns into a man. Sanzang then opens a book of nursery rhymes and begins singing to the demon. Annoyed, the demon attacks Sanzang. Another demon hunter, Duan, captures and turns the demon into a puppet. Sanzang tells to Duan that his master taught him a more humane approach and to use nursery rhymes to coax goodness out of demons, a tactic Duan scoffs at. Disillusioned, Sanzang meets his master and bemoans his lack of capabilities compared to more aggressive demon-hunters. His master reaffirms his humanist philosophy and sends Sanzang off again to find “enlightenment.”