DEMIGOD: The Legend Begins

  • 103'
  • Taiwan
  • 2022

Unheedful of his master’s warnings, ace acupuncturist and martial arts apprentice Su Huan-jen decides to treat Yu Lin, the ailing Lord of the Five Mountains, only to find himself at the centre of a deadly palace intrigue. In his attempts to extricate himself from a serious accusation, Su discovers that destiny has much bigger plans for him.

Chris Huang Wen-chang’s DEMIGOD: The Legend Begins is a baroque puppet animation wuxia epic that synthesises traditional and modern storytelling techniques to sumptuous effect. It has everything: magic, madness, heaven, sin, love, treason, high emotion, heroic bloodshed and attractive-as-hell protagonists. All of which is integrated into an eye-popping, breathtaking world of kinetic action and bloody violence with the help of elaborate practical and special effects, bringing to life glove puppets from Taiwan’s traditional pò͘-tē-hì theatre. They burst with vital energy as the film carries you away with sophisticated cinematic language, multiplanar compositions and frenzied editing patterns. The characters are all voiced by the late Wen Tze Huang, and complemented by exquisite costumes, accessories and props.

The result is a creative, crafty and opulent wuxia fantasy that moves at breakneck pace, featuring swashbuckling warriors, scheming vassals and benign demigods. And yes, there will be blood.

 

Srikanth Srinivasan

Director
Chris Huang Wen-chang
Premiere
Dutch Premiere
Country of production
Taiwan
Year
2022
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
103'
Medium
DCP
Original title
SU HUAN-JEN
Language
Taiwanese
Producer
Huang Liang Hsun
Production Company
Pili International Multimedia Co., Ltd.
Sales
Flash Forward Entertainment
Screenplay
Chris Huang Wen-chang
Editor
Kao Ming Cheng
Production Design
Tien Yu Lin
Sound Design
Chen Kuo Wei
Music
Chang Wei Fan
Cast
Huang Wen Tze