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NEW King Of Masks (DVD)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, DVD sound quality poor April 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Several years ago, I saw this movie in a theater and loved it. So, I bought the DVD as a Christmas gift. The picture was great but the sound quality was not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Jan. 11 2007
Format:DVD
This is an extraordinarily great movie, a all time favourite in my opinion. I watched this movie two times about 10 years ago, the second time with my parents. This movie harshly critises the severe gender discrimination in China, at the same time revealing the great hardworking and kind characteristics of the Chinese people.

I am supposed to participate in a speech contest later. Suddenly re-telling this movie came to my mind, thus wanting to do some research and buy a DVD here. On second thought, I will re-tell this movie based on my memory first in the speech contest before buying this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film set in historic China March 25 2004
By audrey
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful film, set in 1930s Sichuan, about an old man who is the last living practitioner of face-mask changing. He laments that he has no male heir on whom to pass down his art, and decides to visit a blackmarket where children are sold. There he finds a wonderful young boy who is thoughtful, enthusiastic and intelligent. Life seems wonderful and the old man proudly introduces his new grandson to the people he meets, but things don't go as planned and he rejects the child. The consequences of his bigotry reverberate until a dramatic action forces him to rethink his traditional views.
DVD treatment is below average. The movie can be heard in Chinese and subtitled in English, French or Spanish. The only extra is a trailer for the film.
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This 1996 Chinese film captured my heart from the very beginning. It's set in China in the 1930s, when street performing and Chinese opera were still considered an art. An old man performs with masks, an ancient Chinese art of which he is very proud. By family tradition, he must pass on his art to a male heir and, since his only son had died many years before, he needs to adopt a young boy. And so he goes to a "baby market" where parents and slave traders sell children. When an 8-year old calls out "grandpa", he purchases the child. It is only a few days later that he discovers that he has adopted a girl, not a boy. She begs him not to cast her away, and so he trains her to be a street performer, but does not teach her the art of masks because she is only a girl.

The plot gets more complex and held me captive with emotion as I was swept into the story and completely identified with the characters and all their problems, especially after the old man and the girl attend a Chinese opera, where female impersonators are stars. There, the ancient story of a woman sacrificing herself for her father is played out in highly dramatic costumed theatrics.

I loved this film - not only for the wonderful story and great acting, but it brought me right into the heart of China and let me immerse myself in another time and place. Yes, there is a happy ending, but not until there were more twists and turns of the plot and I never knew how it would all turn out. Acting was outstanding and I must applaud the actors, Yu Zhu as the old man, Zhigang Zhang as the female impersonator and - mostly, Renying Zhou as the little girl. Rarely have I seen such a fine performance by an 8-year old. Therefore, this film gets one of my highest recommendations. And even though there are some sad and scary parts, I recommend it for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a Good Heidi Movie, done Chinese-style Feb. 4 2004
Format:DVD
This is a new Heidi movie with some nice changes.
This would be good paired with "Heidi", "Whale Rider" or "About a Boy".
Basically, it's about an old man searching for an heir to pass on his Chinese-mask traditions. He's looking, goes to the blackmarket where it's filled with desperate mothers trying desperately to sell their children---mostly daughters. It's not that they want to make big money off the children, it's to keep them from being abandoned and starving to death. So if you want a hell on earth, it's here. Anyway, he steps right over them without a glance at the weeping, begging, heartbreaking desperation.
Finally he gets a boy! All is right in his world. The son is treated like a king. Then after an accident...the son is revealed for something else. Poof, he casts the weeping little child out to starve in the streets, heartbroken and devastated.

Through much adventure, and the child's bravery, the old man learns to reevaluate his values and priorities. (Frankly, I don't know if I could trust that old man again after him turning on me that way--but this is a child.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Jan. 21 2004
Format:DVD
Even though I saw this movie years ago it still comes up in conversation and will forever be one of my favorite movies. I'm glad to finally have it on DVD and gave my sister a copy for her birthday. Although my brother-in-law was originally not interested in seeing this movie,even he was pulled into this wonderful story and really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Movie...... Oct. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Probably one of the best movies I have ever seen -- always makes me cry at the end. Thank goodness it didn't end tragically like so many Chinese movies seem to.
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The end of this sweet movie will make you cry like a biaatch. Get your tissues.
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