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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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Awards:
19 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Wildest thing I've ever seen! See more (53 total) »

Cast

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

Also Known As:
"Bian Lian" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min | Spain:96 min
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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 Film Geek (2005)See more »

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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Wildest thing I've ever seen!, 19 April 2003
Author: pyotr-3 from Washington DC

This spectacular film is one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. It shows a China I had never seen or imagined, and I believe it shows 1930's China in the most REAL light ever seen in a movie. It is absolutely heart-breaking in so many situations, seeing how hard life was for the characters, and yet the story and the ending are incredibly joyful. You truly see the depths and heigths of human existence in this film. The actors are all perfect, such that you feel like you have really entered a different world.

I simply can not recommend this movie highly enough. It may just change you forever once you have seen it.

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