One would think that a cornerstone of modern filmmaking, the post-apocalyptic action film, would remain pure and untouched. But just when 2016 couldn’t possibly get any more perplexing, along comes “Mad Shelia: Virgin Road,” the Chinese, er, interpretation of George Miller’s universally beloved “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
The film is centered around a woman named Xi Liya, who embarks on a wild chase across a desert to save a group of virgins from being sold to leather-clad, goggle-wearing warlords. Sadly, it appears the flame-throwing guitar rig didn’t make the cut.
“Mad Shelia,” as noted by The Telegraph, is just one of several Chinese rip-offs of American films, an industry that seems to have perfected the art of recreating movie posters if nothing else. And in case you have yet to fill your quota for low-budget, Chinese post-apocalyptic action flicks, a sequel to “Mad Shelia: Virgin Road” (titled “Mad Shelia: Revenge of the Road”) is due in 2017.
“Mad Shelia” is currently streaming on TenCent Video, a Chinese VOD service. But for those of us who are unable to revel in what only can be a truly cinematic experience, we’ll have to settle for the trailer below.