Jef Lau's Chinese Odyssey 2002 is strongly NOT recommended to those without more than a working knowledge of Chinese and Hong Kong cinema in general and Wong Kar Wei films in particular (Wong is the film's producer), not to mention several popular local TV commercials ("How can a meal prepared with love not taste good?"). Without being so forearmed, much of the film will be meaningless and unfunny. Even if you can pass the entrance exam, parts of it definitely fall flat, but there's enough straight-faced silliness here to compensate, be it Tony Leung and Faye Wong in a merciless parody of their Chungking Express meeting or the Emperor designate's unique way of letting his imagination run away with him. As for plot, it's a knowing send-up of the old one about two royal twins on the run falling in love with two ordinary twins, but that's just a skeleton, not just for the jokes but for the surprising moral of the tale - that true love is only possible if you are willing to lose your own identity.
There are no extras relating to the film on the DVD, which only boasts trailers for 2046, In the Mood For Love, My Architect and Supersize Me, but the transfer is very good quality.