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Shadow Magic Review


Very Good
China, 1902. Arranged marriages, operatic customs, it's all about tradition. In comes a Brit with a motion picture machine that affects a young, intelligent native so much he is willing to risk disgrace among his peers in order to record life as it is before it changes. It's all based on a true story, even if the name of this first foreign filmmaker is still unknown.

Shadow Magic epically reveals the drive for creation amidst a society fearful of change. Liu (Xia Yu) works as the key photographer in a picture studio run by Master Ren (Liu Peiqi). He is always getting himself into trouble, playing with gadgets so that he arrives late for his job. Ren is patient with him because he is talented and reminds him of his own youth.

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Together (2002) Review


Very Good
In his nine feature films, Chinese auteur Chen Kaige has given Western audiences amazing opportunities to learn the ins and outs of China's tumultuous history, most notably in Temptress Moon, The Emperor and the Assassin, and the Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine. Chen's latest, Together, is a more humble effort than those historical epics, but beyond its heartwarming tale of a 13-year-old violin prodigy and his impoverished father's attempts to give him a better life no matter what there's a gritty depiction of old China colliding with new, for better and for worse.

Liu Xiaochun (Tang Yun, in a piece of casting that's nothing short of miraculous) has already amazed all the locals in his provincial town with his musical talents. He needs a bigger stage. His widower father Liu Cheng (Liu Peiqi) decides to leave his nightmarish job as a restaurant cook, tuck his meager life savings into his red cap, and take Xiaochun to Beijing, where he hopes to find a suitable violin teacher and new opportunities for his son.

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Shadow Magic Movie Review

China, 1902. Arranged marriages, operatic customs, it's all about tradition. In comes a...

Together (2002) Movie Review

Together (2002) Movie Review

In his nine feature films, Chinese auteur Chen Kaige has given Western audiences amazing opportunities...

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