Taiwanese up-and-coming Wang I-Fan’s debut feature GET THE HELL OUT(逃出立法院) is heading to 2020 Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section, becoming the only Taiwanese film selected for the festival’s pandemic-era 45th edition. The section programmer, Peter Kuplowsky, states “Director Wang choreographs this chaos with a breathless deployment of gory slapstick, satirical sing-alongs, and hilarious, fourth-wall-shattering graphics, generating a formal silliness and elasticity akin to Stephen Chow’s mid-’90s nonsense comedies.”
GET THE HELL OUT describes the outbreak of a deadly virus in Taiwan’s Parliament infecting most of the congressmen and survivors try their best to escape from the hell. Using his imagination and humor, Wang creates this gory, zany and frenetic entertainment, as Kuplowsky describes it as a “gonzo, martial arts–infused horror-comedy.”
Wang says he feels truly honored that GET THE HELL OUT is selected for the Midnight Madness section of which he has been dreamed of for a long time, and he is especially thrilled and moved to see the film’s still is placed side-by-side with SHADOW IN THE CLOUD’s, featuring “Hit-Girl” Chloë Grace Moretz.
Wang I-Fan is a director, screenwriter, and cinematographer who graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts. In 2017, his short film 02-06(洞兩洞六) won Best Short at the Taipei Film Awards and Best Director at Taiwan’s Golden Harvest Awards.
GET THE HELL OUT is a movie of imagination. Young generation of filmmakers, like Wang I-Fan, boost innovation in Taiwan's vibrant democracy, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York says.
This horror-comedy will be screened twice at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 10, and then streamed online, geoblocked for Canada, at Bell Digital Cinema from Sept. 11, 6:00pm. For more information, please visit the TIFF website: https://www.tiff.net/events/get-the-hell-out.
WANG You-wei works as a Security Guard, aka Mr. Nose Bleeding, at the Parliament. By social standard, he is a total loser, very obscure, plain, and useless. One day, he gets involved with an incident, which makes the Parliament Member: HSIUNG Ying-ying, aka Miss Spice, loses her job. HSIUNG then asks WANG to replace her, at the next by-election, and she will be his assistant/behind-the-scene-boss. Therefore, a loser becomes a new member of the Parliament.
One day, there is a fatal virus, spreading inside the Parliament. Most of the members are infected, and they become zombies?! However, strangely, WANG is immune to that kind of zombie-virus due to his bleeding disorder, so, together, WANG and HSIUNG are leading the way, to get the hell out of the Parliament.
During the rescuer mission, WANG understands that if he tried to act his best and moved forward with all his heart and soul, he will make this place, the Parliament, and all the other places, good again, for this is his home, and this is his country.