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Shadow Magic (2000)

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Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Ann Hu

Writers:

Zhang-Lun Chen (as Yixiong Chen), Ann Hu | 6 more credits »
6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Jared Harris ... Raymond Wallace
Yu Xia ... Liu Jinglun (Liu Zhonglun)
Yufei Xing Yufei Xing ... Ling
Peiqi Liu ... Master Ren (Ren JingFeng)
Liping Lü ... Madame Ren
Jingming Wang Jingming Wang ... Old Liu
Yusheng Li Yusheng Li ... Lord Tan (Tan Xinpei)
Yukui Zhang Yukui Zhang ... Lao Chang
Chuang Cheng Chuang Cheng ... Mi Hu
Zhongwei Zheng Zhongwei Zheng ... Fu Guan
Qi Mu Qi Mu ... Jewelry Tower
Qingzhuo Fang Qingzhuo Fang ... Widow Jiang
Bin Li Bin Li ... Empress Ci Xi
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Storyline

Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. Liu's work with Wallace brings him conflict with tradition and his father's authority, complicated by his falling in love with Ling, daughter of Lord Tan, star of Beijing's traditional opera. Liu sees movies as his chance to become wealthy and worthy of Ling. When the Shadow Magic pair are invited to show the films to the Empress Dowager, things look good. But, is disaster in the script? And, can movies preserve tradition even as they bring change? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony [United States]

Country:

China | Germany | Taiwan | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

22 November 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Xi yang jing See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,772, 8 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$149,258, 1 July 2001
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Quotes

Jewelry Tower: We can't escape what drives us.
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References Dingjunshan (1905) See more »

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Beautifully filmed tale of the early film industry in China.
20 March 2001 | by cinemelSee all my reviews

Ann Hu‘s first directorial and writing effort is an ambitious project that belies her 2 month apprenticeship at the film school at New York University. `Shadow Magic' is a fictitious tale built around the introduction of the infant film industry in China of the very early 20th century. Raymond Wallace (Jared Harris) comes to Beijing to introduce the simplest of motion pictures to its natives. Liu (Yu Xia) portrays a youthful Chinese apprentice photographer who helps him encourage the locals to attend the show he calls `Shadow Magic'. The clashes of cultures form the backbone of the conflict. Filmed beautifully on location, acting, cinematography and music coalesce magically to draw today's audiences into its story, just as its characters are instantly charmed by the movies they come to see in filmdom's first theaters. This is a movie not to be missed by anyone who loves film.


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