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Emperor Visits the Hell (Tang huang you di fu)

Emperor Visits the Hell (Tang huang you di fu)
  • 2012
  • China/Canada
  • 67 min
  • Directed by: Luo Li
  • Written by: Luo Li
  • Cast: Li Wen, Dian Mai, Jie Zi
  • Language: Mandarin

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Emperor Visits the Hell (Tang huang you di fu)

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.

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