Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster) (1993)
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1993 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
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This Hou Hsiao Hsien masterpiece is a portrait of the childhood and adolescence of octogenarian Taiwanese puppet master and actor Li T'ien-lu, who narrates the film both off-screen and on-screen. In this second installment of a trilogy on Taiwanese life in the 20th century (City of Sadness is the first and Good Men, Good Women is the third), Li's development as an artist and husband plays out between 1908 and 1945 under the heavy hand of Japanese rule, paralleling the development of Taiwan's own
Jan 1, 1993 Wide
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Hou Hsiao-hsien remains a master at conveying movement, progression, and a sense of the inexorable rotations of the wheel of time.
The figures of the puppetmaster's personal history become like his puppets, performing a repeated, stylized version of the past on a small stage.
Meshing reality and fiction, Hou has created a groundbreaking masterpiece.
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