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Le Roi des masques

The King of Masks

(Bian lian)

by Wu Tianming



Le Roi des masques

Director: Wu Tianming

Scriptwriter: Wei Minglung after Chan Mankwal's novel

Cinematographer: Mu Dayuan

Art Director: Wu Xujing

Music: Zhao Jiping

Cast: Chu Yuk, Chao Yimyim, Zhao Zhigang, Zhang Ruitang

Production: Shaw Brothers HK Ltd.

Cinema Public Films
84 rue du président Wilson
92 300 Levallois Perret
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 1996

Screening: 2020, 2007, 2001, 1999

35 mm, Colour, 100 min, OV Mandarin with French Subtitles

At the beginning of the century, an old manfrom Szu Ch'uan district carries on the tradition of street opera in central China. He wears masks, and his skilful transformations into the king of monkeys, the emperor, or the lord of death grant him the title of King of Masks. He lives on his own with "General", his monkey. He can only teach his art to a boy. After the dismissal of his only son, he decides to adopt a small boy, an easy thing to do in a country where parents sell their children to survive. An affectionate bond ties the old artist and the child, until he discovers Doogie is a girl ....


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