There's nothing A-Chi loves better than listening to Mr. Chien tell stories. Every day after school he heads straight to the Mr. Chien's curio shop in hopes of hearing more. One day, the elderly shop owner comes into conflict with a local gang collecting protection money. A terrified A-Chi flees into the depths of the shop to hide, only to discover the winding corridors have no end, forever twisting and turning and leading to an infinite number of worlds.
Exhausted from his flight, A-Chi follows an enticing scent to a restaurant that sells steamed buns. When he regains his senses, he realizes that he, Mr. Chien, and the hoodlums have all been transported back to antiquity, and the gateway back to the curio shop has disappeared!
A-Chi and Mr. Chien become lodgers with Sun Erniang, proprietress of the steamed bun shop, while the gangsters, after giving an impromptu rock concert, are mistaken for a trio of gods and become guests of a local dignitary, Lord Xiao. Outwardly known for his generosity, Lord Xiao is in fact a great schemer. When he spreads a rumor that Sun Erniang sells steamed buns stuffed with human flesh, he ignites a conflict that pits Lord Xiao and the three hoodlums against A-Chi, Mr. Chien, and Sun Erniang.
Recently re-issued in a thirtieth anniversary edition, the story of The Human Bun remains as fresh and original as ever. This fast-paced, tight-knit tale from artist/writer Ren Zheng-hua sprinkles in references to contemporary film and art and irreverently questions the nature of truth and reality. Modern readers are sure to appreciate this multi-layered masterpiece of comic humor.
A naughty boy who trespassed the forbidden storage room of the 異寶齋, have been transported back to antiquity with The shop's keeper, Mr. Chien. Then they just meet the Sun Erniang.
The 異寶齋's keeper. Although most of his collections all be thinks as junks, he still loves collecting all kinds of ancient artifacts and curios.
Three funny hoodlums. While they are running the protection rackets in the 異寶齋, they also have been transported back to antiquity with A-Chi and Mr. Chien. Accidently, the three little hoodlums have all been recognized as gods.
A mysterious, alluring and tough woman, making life of selling buns. However, there's rumor that the bun's filling is made of human...
The daughter of Lord Xiao, an innocent and cute girl and also a friend of A-chi.