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How Wang-Fo Was Saved (1987)

Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé (original title)
Among the aged master painter Wang-Fô's impeccable paintings, exists a mediocre and unflattering portrait of the pale Celestial Emperor that has merited him execution, nevertheless, how is this possible?

Director:

René Laloux

Writers:

Marguerite Yourcenar (short story), René Laloux (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Olivier Cruveiller Olivier Cruveiller ... Ling (voice)
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... L'empereur (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 March 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Revcom Télévision See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Based on a short story by Marguerite Yourcenar from the collection "Oriental Tales". See more »

Quotes

L'empereur: You ask me what you have done, Wang-Fô. As others' poison finds its way into us through our nine openings, to confront you with the wrongs you have done, I have to tell you my life story.
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Art vs. Reality
14 March 2013 | by Red-BarracudaSee 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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