The King of Masks (1999)

The King of Masks



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This tender Chinese tale of an aged street performer who begins teaching a young child is filled with warm humanity but not imbued with undue sentiment. It is set about seventy years in the past and centers on elderly Wang Bian Lian, who travels the street performing with his pet monkey. Just looking at him it would be hard to tell that he is a master of the rapid changing face masks technique that characterizes Sichuan opera. He came to the streets thirty years before, after his wife abandoned … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Wei Minglun
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2000
Samuel Goldwyn



as Bian Lian Wang

as Liang Sao Lang

as Tien Che
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Critic Reviews for The King of Masks

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The King of Masks

An insightful study in Asian culture and the sometimes tragic consequences of tradition. Slightly sappy but a genuine pleasure to watch. This one will tug at your heartstrings (hankies mandatory).

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Not a bad story, but not what I'd hoped to see. If they'd spent more time exploring the artistry of the mask quick-change and the King teaching that to "Doggie," I think the film would be stronger for it. The art form is fascinating and pure magic.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

A well directed moving story.

Anthony Valletta

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