When the first trailer for Chthonic's new movie, Tshiong!, was released, we didn't quite know what to make of it, because we did not speak Taiwanese. Now, we finally have a bit of info.
Taiwanese writer Darice Dan Chang has written a piece for The News Lens detailing the film. Darice praises the comedy in the film, although notes that some of the comedy comes from puns on Taiwanese dialect. But Darice notes the film is easy to follow and there will be subtitles. As for the plot:
“The movie itself follows the antics of protagonist A-Tek and his quest to save his rural hometown from the claws of Chinese capitalism as he travels from southern Taiwan to the capital in search of his heroes, international metal sensation Chthonic, whom he’s hoping will help him stand up for his land by holding a protest concert back home. The story takes an unlikely turn when he discovers his would-be saviors aren’t quite as he imagined. Constricted by the demands of their China-friendly sponsors (the aptly named Eyeball Corporation, a riff on EyeCTV, a pro-unification news channel), the band is forced to curb their hot-headed nature and put a hold on A-tek’s proclivity for rioting and protests.”
Blythe was quoted in the piece explaining his role: “I was in a riot, I got beat up by the cops, I ran from the cops.” Blythe noted he didn't make much money on the project and only really did it as a favor to the band, whom he'd befriended on tour.
Tshiong! comes out on December 29th in Taiwan. No word on a US release. Here's a new poster featuring Blythe and the trailer again: