Look again. They’re puppets.
Traditionally, these are cloth and wooden puppets used to tell traditional Chinese folklore. The Huang family’s famous PiLi Dynasty hand puppet theatre gives a new twist to the traditional Chinese palm shows of yore:
“Puppet masters, utilizing their unique one-man-multiple-voice talent, enacted stories and legends, with a mix of rich Chinese customs, culture, historical tales of chivalry and stories of passion, brought to life each puppet character. They captured the hearts of audiences and skillfully guided them into the story.” (http://www.pili.com.tw/en/)
Currently, for their TV audience, the Huang family has reinvented the traditional puppet art with elaborate production. (Elaborate production-- as in watching might make you a little motion sick.)
Episodes are in Taiwanese with Mandarin subtitles. Luckily, there are some clips on YouTube with English subs so we don’t have to miss one action-packed minute of dialogue!
Ever seen a puppet bleed?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-OU79maIdk (embedded above)