The King of Masks (1999)
Critic Reviews for The King of Masks
This charming, '30s-set fable offers richer rewards than a jolt of adrenaline.
Reveals the desperate lengths a resilient little girl will go to find a permanent home.
The story centers around an elderly street performer who is a fast changer of silk masks.
starts out strong and enduring, but squanders its tender sincerity on dramatics.
Both a charming film and a contemporary allegory, old-fashioned storytelling and scathing commentary.
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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).
A well directed moving story.
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!
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