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Chinese-born, American-based director [[Performer~P190715~Ann Hu~annhu]] 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 ([[Performer~P215711~Li Yusheng~liyusheng]]), Liu Jung runs into Raymond Wallace ([[Performer~P30630~Jared Harris~jaredharris]]), 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

  • Release date:April 6, 2001

Cast

Jared Harris
as Raymond Wallace
Xia Yu
as Liu Jing Lun
Liu Peiqi
as Master Ren
Lu Liping
as Madame Ren
Li Bin
as Empress Ci Xi

Crew

Ann Hu
Director
Ann Hu
Producer
Ann Hu
Screenwriter
Nancy Schreiber
Cinematographer
Zhang Lida
Composer (Music Score)
Keith Reamer
Editor
John Gilroy
Editor
Sandra Schulberg
Co-producer
Cheng Zheng
Co-producer
Ulrich Felsberg
Executive Producer
Chiu Shun-ching
Executive Producer
Han Sanping
Executive Producer
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