World Perspectives / UK premiere

Emperor Visits the Hell (Tang huang you di fu)

  • Li Lou /
  • China, Canada /
  • 2012 /
  • 71 mins

Li Wen, Wu Wei, Li Juchuan, Yang Xiao, Li Hao / Fiction / Mandarin

A unique experiment in mixing fantasy with real life.

The Ming Dynasty literary classic Journey to the West provides the source for this outrageous political satire. An emperor offends a heavenly messenger and is doomed to a premature death, but is given the chance to return to earth if he can placate the ghosts of those he has killed. Reimagining courtly and divine characters as unimpressive and ordinary people in a modern Chinese city, the film is a deadpan comic achievement.

2013 Archive

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