Like all the best fairy tales, The King of Masks, a beautifully told story of a lonely old street performer in 1930s China and the child he apprentices, has plenty of harshness along with the sweet. Children are bought and sold, a desperate deception ends with banishment, and death hovers like the ever-present provincial soldiers, but the elasticity of love ensures redemption, and yes, a happily-ever-after ending.
FACE VALUE Yuk (left) and Yin mask their feelings
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Zhigang Zhang, Zhigang Zhao; Director: Tian-Ming Wu; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted March 7 2000 — 12:00 AM EST
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