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The King of Masks

DVD - 2000 | Chinese
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Desperate for his art to survive, the King of Masks finds an apprentice in a destitute child purchased on the black market. When the child reveals an unexpected secret, their relationship is suddenly tested by both the old man's stubborn sense of tradition and the established customs of China.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [2000]
Edition: Full screen version
ISBN: 9780767847377
0767847377
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: King of Masks

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Feb 02, 2014

I very much enjoyed this movie -- particularly the child actress who exemplified resourcefulness and strength. While this movie reflected a lot of the Chinese culture of formality which I am familiar with it also cleverly promoted a non-conformist bent which was a pleasant surprise. There's a lot of action and trauma thankfully relieved by a happy final ending.

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