Starring Lin Hsiao-Lau, Tu Chin and San Peng, directed by Chao Chung-Hsing and Chen Chun-Liang. A Chin Ke Film Company production.
High up in the Himalayas is the Peach Garden, an area of eternal springs, flowers and birds, where it never snows, thanks to the natural power absorbed by the Sword of the Sun. But a blue-faced, red-haired, fanged villain called King Devil attacks this tranquil place, steals the sword and kills the master of the garden and his wife, but they manage to save their baby by placing him inside a giant, flying Holy Peach! The huge peach whizzes down from the mountains, causes some trouble at an old couple’s home, then splits open to reveal the baby, which the couple adopt and name Peach-Kid.
When King Devil’s evil forces begin to attack the land, a fairy helps Peach-Kid grow up super-fast, so that he becomes a strong teenager (actually played by actress Lin Hsiao-Lao), who is ultimately able to defeat King Devil’s horrible army, which includes white-clad minions in fright wigs, a strongman with a spiked mace called Hercules, horned, green-haired warriors, a dude called Aeolus, who uses a big bag of compressed wind to defeat people, and a villainess with a flamethrower staff named Grandma from Devil Island.
This Taiwanese flick, loosely based on Japanese folklore hero Momotarō, boasts POWER RANGERS-style villains with colourful wigs, a lot of fun fantasy fighting, and a bunch of pretty novel moments, like the fight with a group of trident-wielding shark men, who have lumpy craniums and dorsal fins on their backs. As the story progresses, Peach-Kid is aided by hefty dude Melon and the former ‘guardian angels’ of Peach Garden, which are three super-powered kids that can become a bird, a gibbon and a dog… and are called Tiny Cock, Tiny Monkey and Tiny Dog.
Things to look out for include King Devil’s showdown with a puppet creature that’s made up of lots of large peaches, some gags involving drinking gibbon urine or getting pissed on by a giant peach, and a brief scene where Peach-Kid blows air down a tube into Aeolus’ mouth, which causes his head to explode! Erm, this is a children’s film, right?
Wacky, weird and fun.