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The Puppetmaster (1993)
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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:
Tian-Lu Li ...
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Giong Lim ...
Li Tianlu (young) (as Chung Lin)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ming Hwa Bai ...
Ong Hsiu (grandmother)
Kuei-Chung Cheng ...
Li Tien Lu adolescent
Chien-ru Huang
Tung-Hsiu Kao
Hei Li
Wenchang Li
Hung Liou ...
Li Hei (grandfather)
Wen-Pin Liu
I. Toshiro
Chen-Nan Tsai ...
Komeng Dang (father)
Yi-Hua Tsai
Juwei Tzuo
Li-Yin Yang ...
Lai Hwat (stepmother)
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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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Avoid watching at all costs
11 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From start the finish, there is absolutely nothing exciting about this movie. It is a character driven piece, that lacks absolutely any excitement. In fact, it is at times hard to pay attention to the movie due to how dull it is. Avoid watching at all costs.

In fact, I haven't seen a movie that has been as dull as this. From the music, which consists mainly of drums, to the lack of any visual appealing elements. There is absolutely nothing appealing about this movie. Most of the movie, is a series of characters having long monologues. These speeches last anywhere from 5 minutes to 10 minutes usually. They add plot details, but the way they do it is so incredibly dull and boring. Once again AVOID watching this movie at ALL costs.


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