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Director:
Writers:
Minglun Wei (screenplay)
Wengui Chen (story)
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Release Date:
16 April 1999 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Wang Bianlian is an aging street performer known as the King of Mask for his mastery of Sichuan Change Art in a true story... See more » | Add synopsis »
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19 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Filmhouse, Cousins to tour childhood films
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Nice Story; Lousy DVD See more (54 total) »

Cast

 
Zhigang Zhang ... Sulan, Luo
Zhigang Zhao ... Liang Sao Lang
Renying Zhou ... Gou Wa ("Doggie")
Xu Zhu ... Bianlian Wang

Directed by
Tian-Ming Wu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wengui Chen  story
Minglun Wei  screenplay

Produced by
Mona Fong .... executive producer
Mona Fong .... producer
Titus Ho .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Da-Yuan Mu 
 
Art Direction by
Xujing Wu 
 
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Susan Jacobs .... publicist
François Vila .... press agent
 

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Also Known As:
"Bian Lian" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Spain:96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Continuity: When Wang (The Mask King) is performing for the soldiers who insist on having his secret, his missing front tooth is there in one scene, then gone in the next.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Nice Story; Lousy DVD, 14 July 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

The fact that this film was put out on DVD still formatted-to TV and with a fuzzy picture really annoyed a lot of film purists......and rightly so. This deserves a lot better treatment.

The story is about a street performer who needs a son to pass on his craft (the rules of the day) and winds up with a little girl instead (not the conventional way) ....and the problems that ensue afterward. The old man had bought the kid at a slave auction and soon discovers the kid is not a boy, which he obviously thought was the case.

The old man "Bianlian Wang (Xu Zhu)is kind of funny-looking with a missing front tooth and an infectious grin. The little girl "Doggie" (Zhou Renying) is a cutie. The rest of the story is how the two manage after that. I usually like a nice sentimental ending but this gets a bit carried away in the final 15 minutes.

Overall, it's involving story complete with drama, suspense, humor and sadness. Just don't expect a good quality picture for the money you are spending on the DVD. Until it comes out on widescreen, rent it.

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