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Shadow Magic

Rating:PG (for brief mild language)
Release Date:April 6, 2001
Running time:119 minutes
Cast:Jared Harris, Lu Liping, Xia Yu, Xing Yufei, Lu Peiqi
Director:Ann Hu
Producer:Ann Hu, Sandra Schulberg, Zhang Xia, Cheng Zheng
Writer:Ann Hu
Distributor:Sony Pictures Classics

Description: Beijing, 1902, at the Feng Tai Photo Shop. Master Ren prepares for a formal portrait of Lord Tan, China's most famous opera star, while chief photographer Liu, neglecting his duties for the moment, tinkers with a Victrola. Lord Tan arrives with a retinue, including his beautiful daughter, Ling, who exchanges glances with Liu. Meanwhile, a foreigner, Raymond Wallace, has set up the first crude movie theatre, Shadow Magic, with which he hopes to make a fortune and return to England. Liu's fascination with useless and disapproved foreign gadgetry leads him into a double life working for both Ren and Wallace.

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