The King of Masks (1999)

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Movie Info

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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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Runtime:
Studio:
Samuel Goldwyn

Cast

Zhu Xu
as Bian Lian Wang
Zhou Ren-Ying
as Doggie
Zhang Riuyang
as Tien Che
Zhao Zhigang
as Liang Sao Lang
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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.

Full Review… | February 17, 2005
TheMovieReport.com

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

Full Review… | March 3, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Hollywood Report Card

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

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August 6, 2008
Sacramento News & 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

½

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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