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Title:
Shadow magic
Author:
Hu, Ann.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Classics, [2001]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Based on a true story about a Chinese photographer and an Englishman who arrives with "moving pictures". Liu unintentionally defies his families traditions to help bridge the gap between Chinese culture and the inventions and western technologies. In order to better his standing in society, so he can marry the woman he loves, Liu must decide if he wants to risk everything to help bring the motion picture industry to China.
General Note:
Widescreen version.

Special features: director's commentary; theatrical trailers; filmographies; interactive menus; scene selection.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Chinese

English

French

Spanish
ISBN:
9780767863254
UPC:
043396061545
Format :
DVD

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Chinese-born, American-based director Ann Hu debuts with this epic historical drama about the introduction of motion pictures to China during the beginning of the 20th century. The film is based on a true story of Liu Jung (Xia Yu), a Peking photographer who struggles to start a film industry in China in spite of the strong anti-Western sentiment of the time. At the film's outset, Liu Jung is scolded by his autocratic boss Master Ren (Liu Peiqi) for his obsession with Western gizmos after he brings home a junked Victrola. During a photo session with China's most famous opera star, Lord Tan (Li Yusheng), Liu Jung runs into Raymond Wallace (Jared Harris), a mysterious Brit who is hell-bent on introducing movies (called "shadow magic") to the Emperor. As soon as Liu Jung sees his first frame, he is hooked on the medium and committed to Wallace's scheme. This film was screened at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi