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The King of Masks (1996)

變臉王

導演:吳天明
分級:I
片長:101mins
 

Director: Wu Tian Ming

Starring: Chao Yim Yin, Chu Yuk, Zhang Zhi Gang

內容:
江湖藝人變臉王的兒子於戰亂中一去不回,變臉王孤身
一人,闖蕩江湖,心中最恐懼的是無人繼嗣,於是他以
賣藝得來的血汗錢買了一個「男孩」認作孤兒,承傳「
變臉」衣缽,但後來發現卻原來是女孩子,屢次要把她
甩掉,女孩卻死纏著變臉王。這一對年紀懸殊,又沒有
血緣關係的爺孫倆展開了一連串既有趣而又令人心酸的
流浪。

The King of Masks tells a tale steeped in ancient tradition, simultaneously challenging the sociosexual inequity still plaguing China today.

On the streets of Szechuan Province in the 1930s, the aged King of Masks, sole living master of "change-face" opera, delights and frightens audiences with the secret art of lightning-quick mask-shifting. His fondest wish is to pass on his skill to a male heir before he dies.

Famous female impersonator Liang Sao Lang craves knowledge of the king's secret technique, offering to relieve the old man's poverty by taking him into his opera troupe. The king declines: what sort of heir would this half-female creature make? Instead, he buys an orphan on the black market, joyously showing him off as his grandson and heir.

But soon the child is forced to disclose a dreaded secret--one that effectively renders him a person of no value according to Chinese custom. In the king's eyes, the kid goes from "beloved grandson" to "stupid crook," and both the old man and the child must pay dearly for his bigotry before they can know joy again. A deeply moving film, simply told and superbly acted.

A great movie! Highly recommended!

DVD: List Price: US$22.95

Sale Price: US$12.95

Language: Mandarin

Subtitle: English / Traditional Chinese

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Rating: I - Suitable for all audiences (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "G" or "PG") Films rated Category I contain nothing most parents will consider offensive for their children to see or hear. Nudity, drug use, explicit language, violence and adult situations are largely absent, and if present are seen only briefly and at a moderate level.


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