A review – Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi

Banter and revelry over phobs of ara, celebration of childbirth with food, drinks and dance, and the background depicting ancient dzongs, mountains and monuments are some of the aspects that have gone into the uniquely Bhutanese storytelling of Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi.

The 2-d animation movie produced by the i-Best Institute has taken Bhutanese animation to a new level. Though the film has technical errors, the average viewer would not notice them. What, however, would resonate with the viewers is the heroic tale of courage, bravery and loyalty in the face of impending doom.

Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi narrates the story of Wangduephodrang Dzongpoen Angdruk Nyim’s most capable and powerful Zimpoen (chamberlain) Pemi Tshewang Tashi who had to choose between love for his family and loyalty to his warlord. He chooses to go to battle knowing that he will lose, but he is unfaltering and brave.

Some scenes are touching for their dialogues and the emotions they evoke while some like the swift running of the Trongsa Poenlop Dungkar Gyeltshen’s messenger and the color combination in the depiction of the fairy tale that Pemi Tshewang Tashi tells his children stand out as impressive. So are the ominous dream sequences of the super warrior.

i-Best Institute’s Founder and CEO also the Director of the movie, Tharchen said that his main inspiration behind the work was to tell a story well.

“Stories are like ideas-beyond time and generations but along with it came the advantageous by-products like promoting culture and tradition and creating meaningful employment,” he said.

Legend of Pemi Tshewang Tashi was produced at a cost of Nu 15mn by a team of 30.

Despite time and financial constraints which delayed the movie, i-Best managed to produce it in three years and released it on September 12.

Tharchen believes that animation is the future of youth in the country because they are passionate about it.

“And if we can promote it, it will pave a way to faster economic development in Bhutan.”

He added that the animation film would be refined further for the regional and global market.

The movie will start screening from Thimphu Tshechu onwards at the Lugar Theatre. It will be also screened during Wangdue Tshechu (September 17-19) at Wangdue Primary School, Tencholing.

Staff Reporter