The King of Masks

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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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Critic Reviews for The King of Masks

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Audience Reviews for The King of Masks

  • Jan 18, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2008
    A well directed moving story.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2007
    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

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