Plot: The Seventh Sister (Li Ching) has descended from heaven to experience the mortal world, where she quickly encounters Zili (Chen Fang). He reminds her of an old love and he happens to run an orphanage, so she forges an instant bond with him, given his generous nature. But she learns the orphanage is about to be shut down, as a tycoon plans to demolish it and replace it with a villa, to raise the income brought in from the location. The Seventh Sister has other plans however, even as the tycoon pushes harder and harder to close the orphanage. Can anyone stand up to the greed, even a heavenly being like the Seventh Sister?
Entertainment Value: This is a wild one, an absolute marvel of genre bending and unpredictable moments. The narrative is simple at its core, as evident in the synopsis above, but The Human Goddess is less about plot and more about a creative, over the top cinematic experience. I felt like a fever dream was washing over me as I watched this one, which is a tremendous compliment, as I love unique and offbeat movies, to say the least. I can see some viewers getting whiplash from the genre shifts or confused by the whole movie, but I think despite the odd nature of the material, The Human Goddess tells an interesting, mostly coherent tale. The visuals are enchanting and really creative, especially in some of the more imaginative sequences, while the performances are fun and quite odd at times. Li Ching is radiant in the lead and carries the movie, like a beacon of screen presence that you can’t take your eyes off. This one has it all, from romance to humor to musical numbers to social/political content, but no matter the focus at the moment, it is always a total blast. If you have even a casual interest in wild, offbeat cinema, you need to see The Human Goddess.
The movie has a good deal of romance involved, so it is no surprise that a little skin pops up, though it is brief and non graphic. Just some bare breasts and it is handled in a light, comedic fashion. There is some sexual banter and romance present, but the nakedness is minimal and tasteful. The Human Goddess has some mild action at times, but little violence and no bloodshed. The movie is an odd ride and could probably pull off some rampant violence, but it doesn’t suffer without it. The dialogue is quirky and fun, with some good banter, bizarre moments, and an almost ethereal performance from Li Ching that is filled with adorable lines. Not a lot of big, quotable lines perhaps, but a consistent flow of fun dialogue. As for the craziness side of things, The Human Goddess is packed with off the wall twists and turns, including a show stopping musical number that involves human sized rabbits. This is just pure wackiness most of the time, a strange and creative trip has to be seen to be believed.
The Disc: 88 Films provides a new HD restoration here and the movie looks good, if soft in some places. The softness is noticeable, but not severe and most scenes look quite sharp, so it isn’t a frequent concern. The colors are vivid, which is crucial as the visuals are a sight to behold, while contrast is stark and overall detail is good, save those few soft looking sequences. The disc has no supplements, but the limited edition boasts a terrific insert booklet with notes from Calum Waddell.