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"Director Wang Wan-jo’s attention to detail is stunning, fully capturing the essence of the era in each stage of Chen’s life through music, framing, graphic details and recreated scenes." -- Han Cheung, Taipei Times

A 135-minute feast for the eyes, this portrait of Chen Uen, the most celebrated comic artist in Asia, is crafted with staggering attention to detail. Only 58 years old when he died of a heart attack at his desk, Chen (born Cheng Chin-wen), was a Taiwanese illustrator who specialized in manhua (aka manga) and worked as an illustrator for PlayStation 2 Koei’s Romance of Three Kingdoms. Very little actual footage of Chen exists as he is mostly brought back to life through silent animation when he revisits his old stomping grounds and views an exhibition curated in his memory at the National Palace Museum. Former colleagues and collaborators from China, Hong Kong, and Japan recount their experiences with the complicated but enigmatic. The viewer, no doubt, be absorbed in this stunning visual journey about a brilliant, bold artist who left this world too soon.

Director Wang Wan-jo

MA in Playwriting and Script Development, Exeter University, UK.

Since 2009, Wang was with the important literary documentary series of Taiwan, THE INSPIRED ISLAND, as producer, assistant director, and editor. From 2012, Wang directed her first documentary, RIVER WITHOUT BANKS, which was about Mr. Lo Fu, a prominent Taiwanese poet. In 2017, her second work A FOLEY ARTIST was released on cinema in Taiwan and Hong Kong. CHEN UEN is her latest film about a comic artist.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    135 minutes
  • Country
  • Premiere
    U.S. Premiere
  • Note
    Documentary, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese and Japanese with English and Chinese subtitles
  • Director
    Wang Wan-jo
  • Cast
    Chen Uen