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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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Awesome movie! Good for kids too! (8 and older) 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 
 
Other crew
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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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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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Awesome movie! Good for kids too! (8 and older), 28 April 2001
Author: slyfur from Champaign, IL, USA

I just saw this movie today with my children (son, 10 and daughter, 4.5) at the 3rd Annual Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival. After the film the children in the audience were allowed to ask questions to the Director, Tian-Ming Wu. He (through a translator) told several stories about his life and the making of the film.

All tangents aside, both of my children really enjoyed this movie. Of course, I had to paraphrase many of the subtitles for my daughter, but much of the film is visually self-explanatory.

I won't give anything away, but the bottom line is that this film is SO MUCH better than 95% of the Hollywood crap (especially children's films) out there.

Cheers.

p.s. There is a "real"/original King of Masks who can/could do 12 masks at once. The actor in the movie trained and learned to do up to 4 masks at a time (then they would cut and change to 4 new masks).

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