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It is later revealed to be a ploy orchestrated by Duan to trick Sanzang into having sex with her. After Sanzang rejects her again, she has him imprisoned.
The pig demon reappears and injures Duan but is chased off by a trio of rivaling demon-hunters. Duan views Sanzang's concern for her injuries as a romantic attraction. After Sanzang refuses her advances again, she destroys his book of nursery rhymes and he leaves.
After days of traveling, Sanzang finally discovers a cave under a lotus garden, where Monkey King was trapped in for years. Monkey King tells Sanzang to use a dancer to bait the demon. Duan appears and volunteers to dance.
When the pig demon appears Monkey King easily subdues it, allowing Duan to turn it into a puppet. Duan then gives both the fish and pig puppets to Sanzang and offers her golden ringed weapon as an engagement band, but he rejects her again.
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She leaves after returning his nursery rhyme book, which she had pieced back together, although at random as she is illiterate. Monkey King tricks Sanzang into removing the seal on his prison and bursts out of the cave.
Film Review: ‘Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons’
Sanzang begins to pray to Buddha, and an enraged Monkey King rips the hair from his head. The three demon hunters appear to catch Monkey King but he effortlessly kills them. Duan returns and defends Sanzang, but the Monkey King mortally injures her. Sanzang admits he loves her, and Monkey King proceeds to vaporize her body. Looking at the nursery book again, Sanzang realizes Duan accidentally reassembled the words of his book into those of the Buddha Sutra.
Sanzang summons Buddha, who defeats Monkey King with the palm of his hand.
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Sanzang then places Duan's golden ring on Monkey King, and it turns into his restrictive headband. Sanzang tells his master that his suffering due to Duan's loss has helped him to enlightenment. As they hike across the desert, Sanzang looks across the sand and sees an image of Duan.
One must actively decide to put them aside else enjoying the film is impossible.
There is use of running gag, and some passing visual effects, but the whole thing seems disjointed and rushed. That feeling is something viewers of this movie will become accustomed to.
After a twenty minute comedic action scene and a short musical number, we are introduced to the bad-ass femme fatale demon hunter who is the love interest for the film. Oddly, she goes from a strong woman to a crazed, simpering, psycho at the drop of a hat.
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As soon as we know that she is interested in Xuan, she becomes crazy…seriously unhinged. Any relationship with this woman would not be a healthy one. His rival, Miss Duan, does kick some serious ass though, and her action sequences are cheesy Chinese action film goodness.
Watching her whallop demons is great fun. But the second demon sequence seems even more disjointed. We are introduced to an inn, as a betrothed couple enters and are shown around, unknowing that a demon lurks, waiting for them. As the heroes arrive it feels like a wholly different movie, or a new episode in a television program. This is a better sequence than the fishing village, but not a smooth transition.
A number of gay jokes later, we move on as Xuan travels through the woods. Nothing really resolved and the film drifts as Miss Duan gets crazier and crazier.Journey to the West, Conquering the Demons - Duan vs Pig Demon
Frankly, her behavior is that of an abusive relationship and the idea of anyone wanting to be with her based on her actions is a bit…frightening. After having met other demon hunters each more colorful than the last Xuan travels to the prison of the Monkey King so as to learn how to deal with a rampaging demon which is too powerful to best.