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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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Tianlu 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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For those interested in Chinese Theater or Puppetry or in the Japanese Occupation of Taiwan
14 May 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Life in Taiwan during and shortly after the Japanese occupation (1895-1945) as seen by re-enacting episodes from the life of a hand puppeteer. The film includes selections from several puppet plays and some Chinese Opera scenes as well.

Episodic and can be hard to follow for those without a knowledge of Taiwan history and customs. Beautifully shot with very nice sets, costumes and exteriors.


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