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Shadow Magic (2000)

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116 min | Drama, History, Romance

Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. ...See moreBeijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. Liu's work with Wallace brings him conflict with tradition and his father's authority, complicated by his falling in love with Ling, daughter of Lord Tan, star of Beijing's traditional opera. Liu sees movies as his chance to become wealthy and worthy of Ling. When the Shadow Magic pair are invited to show the films to the Empress Dowager, things look good. But, is disaster in the script? And, can movies preserve tradition even as they bring change? Written by See less
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Apr 6, 2001 (United States)

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13 cast members
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Jared Harris
Raymond Wallace Raymond Wallace   See fewer
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Yu Xia
Liu Jinglun (Liu Zhonglun) Liu Jinglun (Liu Zhonglun)   See fewer
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Peiqi Liu
Master Ren (Ren JingFeng) Master Ren (Ren JingFeng)   See fewer
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Liping Lü
Madame Ren Madame Ren   See fewer
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Jingming Wang
Old Liu Old Liu   See fewer
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Yusheng Li
Lord Tan (Tan Xinpei) Lord Tan (Tan Xinpei)   See fewer
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Yukui Zhang
Lao Chang Lao Chang   See fewer
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Zhongwei Zheng
Fu Guan Fu Guan   See fewer
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Qi Mu
Jewelry Tower Jewelry Tower   See fewer
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Qingzhuo Fang
Widow Jiang Widow Jiang   See fewer
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Bin Li
Empress Ci Xi Empress Ci Xi   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 741 votes