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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 »

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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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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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Genres:

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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,772, 8 April 2001

Gross USA:

$149,258
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Jewelry Tower: We can't escape what drives us.
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References Long Hard Slope (1905) See more »

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Right movie for right mood.
2 September 2004 | by TomatoElephantSee all my reviews

This is good movie for historical drama mood. The movies is about the introduction of cinematograph to people who never saw unique from one point of view as it's tracking also the mixture of cultures, however many small things you've seen million of times (people are afraid of train on the screen). It's not boring, but it's not a masterpiece. It has good cinematography as well as interesting plot.

From historical point of view it is interesting to watch the mixing of Asian and European cultures, while cinematographic part of the movie involve a lot Chinese refinements. So, if you have time, grab the DVD, it won't disappoint you.


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