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The Puppetmaster (1993)
"Xi meng ren sheng" (original title)

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In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joines a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers. During World War II the Japanese... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Tianlu Li ...
Himself
Giong Lim ...
Li Tianlu (young) (as Chung Lin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ming Hwa Bai ...
Ong Hsiu (grandmother)
Fue Choung Cheng ...
Li Tien Lu adolescent
Chingju Huang
Tunghsiu Kao
Hei Li
Wenchang Li
Hung Liou ...
Li Hei (grandfather)
Wen-pin Liu
I. Toshiro
Chen-Nan Tsai ...
Komeng Dang (father)
Jen-Nan Tsai
Yi-Hua Tsai
Juwei Tzuo
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In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joines a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers. During World War II the Japanese rulers of Taiwan use the traditional Chinese puppet theatre for their war propaganda. Only after the war street theatres start playing again. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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fantastic - unless you expect action
31 July 2001 | by (Duesseldorf, Germany) – See all my reviews

This movie is truely a puppet show: If I remember correctly the camery doesn't move even once - just a dozen or so cuts, each depicting one scene with a different set-up, each scene remaining for several minutes. Persons move through the scenerey: sometimes you see someone doing something, sometimes you even recognize what he is doing. After a while you realize the same persons appear in different scenes. Even later you start picking up the story. Yes, there is a story, even though noone explains anything, hardly any word is said (was there a word at all? Maybe even not). all your concentration is needed to find out what is going on. The audience finds itself in the situation of an ethnographer meeting for the first time some unknown group of people, trying to find out something about them. The scenes, which initially seemed to keep on forever suddenly appear to change much too fast - you might be able to understand more, if they kept on longer.

Once you get into this movie, it is pure gold. If you want action, even one minute of The Puppetmaster will bore you to death.


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