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Title Shadow magic [videorecording] / Sony Pictures Classics ; C & A Productions ; in association with Beijing Film Studio and China Film Co-Production Corp., Taiwan Central Motion Picture Corporation, Post Production Playground, Schulburg Productions, Road Movies Vierte Produktionen ; with the support of Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH presents ; a film by Ann Hu ; screenplay by Huang Dan, Tang Louyi, Kate Raisz, Bob McAndrew, Ann Hu ; produced and directed by Ann Hu.
Imprint Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics : [Distributed by] Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2001]


 Media and Microforms  PN1995.9.C47 S53 2001  DVD    AVAILABLE
Description 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Note Originally produced as a Chinese motion picture in 1999.
Special features: Director commentary [optional audio track, in English]; filmographies [text feature]; theatrical trailers [selected Sony Pictures Classics].
Director of photography, Nancy Schrieber ; editors, Keith Reamer, John Gilroy ; music, Zhang Lida.
Performer Jared Harris (Raymond), Xia Yu (Liu Jing lun), Liu Peiqi (Master Ren), Lu Liping (Madame Ren), Li Yusheng (Lord Tan), Fang Qingzhuo (Widow Jiang), Xing Yufei (Tan Ziaoling).
Note DVD, Region 1, Dolby Surround (2-channel), widescreen presentation (aspect ratio 1.85:1).
MPAA Rating: Rated PG.
In Mandarin and English, with optional subtitles in English or French ; closed-captioned in English.
Licensed for individual viewing only.
Subject Feature films.
China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949 -- Drama.
Motion picture industry -- Drama.
Motion picture industry -- China -- History.
Motion picture industry -- China -- Drama.
China -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Genre Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Summary In Peking in 1902, an Englishman named Wallace (Jared Harris) arrives with a hand-cranked projector and a box of silent movies. Eventually, he overcomes tradition to build an audience for the new art form, films the people of China, and even shows his magic to the Empress. Most importantly, he makes a local disciple, the ambitious young technophile photographer Liu Jinglun (Xia Yu), who becomes entranced by the new invention. Liu's initial fascination with the mechanics of moving pictures quickly develops into a visionary understanding of cinema's metaphysical and political potential.
Other Author Hu, Ann.
Huang, Dan.
Tang, Louyi.
Raisz, Kate.
McAndrew, Bob.
Harris, Jared, 1961-
Xia, Yu, 1978-
Liu, Peiqi, 1958-
Lü, Liping, 1960-
Sony Pictures Classics (Firm)
C & A Productions (Firm)
Beijing dian ying zhi pian chang.
Zhong yang dian ying shi ye gu fen you xian gong si.
Post Production Playground (Firm)
Schulburg Productions (Firm)
Road Movies Vierte Produktionen (Firm)
Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH.
Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (Firm)
Other Title Xi yang jing.