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Director:
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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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A rethink of Traditional Chinese culture. 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 Film Geek (2005)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A rethink of Traditional Chinese culture., 21 November 2003
Author: zzmale

In the rapid economic development of 1990's in China, there is a resurgence of traditional Chinese culture, partially due to the rise of nationalism accompanied by the increase in wealth, and more importantly, due to the sense of spiritual belonging after the collapse of the old socialist ideology in the post Cultural-Revolutionary era.

However, the resurgence of Chinese traditional culture, namely, the Confucianism, was not without disasters, because Chinese are adopted the entire tradition without eliminating the bad part, and the discrimination against girls demonstrated in this film is an excellent example.

Moreover, not only the part that should be discarded were inherited, the good part that was supposed to be inherited, such as the traditional opera, and its technique, such as changing face, was ignored in the resurgence, and facing extinction.

The director used this film to criticize the problem of re-embracing tradition by contemporary China and this is the deeper meaning behind the movie.

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