The King of Masks (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

The King of Masks (1999)



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Wang is a master of Sichuan, the rapid-changing face mask technique. He wants to have a boy to teach, so he buys young "Doggie," from a starving family. Doggie turns out to be a girl, but when Doggie rescues a baby from kidnappers, Wang is accused of the crime.

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Zhu Xu
as Bian Lian Wang
Zhao Zhigang
as Liang Sao Lang
Zhang Riuyang
as Tien Che
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Critic Reviews for The King of Masks

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

This charming, '30s-set fable offers richer rewards than a jolt of adrenaline.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Reveals the desperate lengths a resilient little girl will go to find a permanent home.

March 3, 2002 | Full Review…

The story centers around an elderly street performer who is a fast changer of silk masks.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: B | Full Review…

starts out strong and enduring, but squanders its tender sincerity on dramatics.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Both a charming film and a contemporary allegory, old-fashioned storytelling and scathing commentary.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A well directed moving story.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Tear-jerking. One of the most recommanded film by me. Many foreign elements unknown to the Occidental world such as tradition to pass down family's secret skill unto sons, the working force of the society, and one's own sons only. Nonetheless, the emotion and the art is much appreciated and louder than color. A must watch!

Jojo Shek
Jojo Shek

Super Reviewer

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