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Wang Fo, the greatest master of medieval China, aided by his assistant who has given up everything to follow him, desperately seeks aesthetic perfection. A day comes when he thinks he has ... See full summary »

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Wang Fo, the greatest master of medieval China, aided by his assistant who has given up everything to follow him, desperately seeks aesthetic perfection. A day comes when he thinks he has achieved it. But his genius arouses both the curiosity and the jealousy of the Emperor. Wang Fo will be able to escape the Emperor's vindictiveness only by going to the end of his talent. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Art vs. Reality
14 March 2013 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

This beautiful animated movie set in medieval China. A great painter called Wang-Fo is joined by a devoted acolyte Ling who is mesmerised by the great man's work. Wang-Fo's paintings make reality pale into significance. So much so that Ling's wife commits suicide as a result of feeling inferior to the spellbinding images Wang-Fo paints of her. The Emperor arrests them on the grounds that Wang-Fo's paintings have made him miserable because he now hates reality.

This both celebrates the power of art, while questioning that power. Wang-Fo creates images of extreme beauty but they ultimately leave devastation in the real world. The art work in this feature is very nice, the back drops in particular are stunning; they resemble traditional Japanese landscape art themselves. The tone is reflective, while the ending is very poetic. This is certainly a lovely feature.


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