Special Effects Team To Blame For Asura’s Wrath Plagiarism, Say People Blamed For Plagiarism

Special Effects Team To Blame For Asura’s Wrath Plagiarism, Say People Blamed For Plagiarism

Stephen Chow’s latest box office offering, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, is slated by the Chinese press to rake in billions of yuan by the time its run is over. However one thing is still causing problems for Chow: the allegations that his movie stole assets from a video game.

Chow, the director, who has acted in gems like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, is seen like something of a comedy god in China. He’s been given the honorific of “ye 爷”, which is often given to elders or people of high esteem such as nobles. Last week we reported that various Chinese press spotted scenes in Chow’s Journey which had ripped off Capcom’s Asura’s Wrath.

A Mr Wei speaking on behalf of Chow’s camp came out and said, “The plagiarising has nothing to do with Chow and our people, the special effects and everything regarding the graphics were done by the effects company, please direct your questions towards them.”

Wei’s comments seem to skirt the issue of whether Chow was involved at all, but Tencent was quick on the uptake. They report that in a previous interview with the co-director of the movie, Derek Kwok, Kwok said that the duo has seen Asura’s Wrath and that they’re “fans of animation, so long as the animation is good, we are fine.”

Kwok’s comments seem to contradict what’s coming from of Chow’s people. In that same interview, Kwok also made a point about how Chow couldn’t have been implicated in any wrongdoing, going so far as saying “Chow is a busy person.”

Kotaku has reached out to both Capcom and Chow. Capcom has declined to comment and Chow’s camp has not returned a comment at all.

星爷回应”西游”片尾抄袭游戏:特效公司干的 [Tencent]


  • I’m surprised enough people watched the movie to notice. Chow hasn’t exactly been on form since KFH, and I wasn’t even much of a fan of that (yes, I know, everyone seems to love it… but I think that’s mostly because it was really the first time the west had been exposed to his work in a big way).

  • I’ll defend Stephen Chow to the death! That man has made me laugh more than two dozen mischievous kittens playing in a draper’s shop.

  • Ok, not trolling or anything, but I thought Chinese culture as a whole treated plagiarism lightly, as in it doesn’t even register as something noteworthy. For Chinese netizens to point this out, hmm to me says maybe chinese culture isn’t as plagiarism friendly as I thought.

    • that’s because you believe the BS spread by western govts. All govts no matte how “good” they appear to be will spread BS that makes them look better and other countries’ govts look worse. The fact is, quite often the crap they say are not true. If you’re talking percentage relative to population, cases of plagiarism are about the same everywhere, it just looks like there’s a lot more in places like China because China has a crap ton more people than everybody else.

  • Stephen Chow didn’t just ‘act in’ Kung-Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, he wrote, directed and starred in them. Major bummer that his films reputation is on the line because a company he trusted decided to save a buck by ripping off somebody elses’ hard work, but he can hardly be held to blame for that.

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