Douglas Wolk
October 05, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Adapting her 2003 documentary, Anne Marie Fleming explores the life of her great-grandfather — a famed Chinese vaudeville magician — via photos, archival documents, and comics, chattily narrated by her stick-figure self-portrait.
For Fans of? Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home.
Bottom Line Sam’s boundary-defying career is engrossing, although it doesn’t quite yield the grand statement about 20th-century culture Fleming hints at in The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. B+

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