- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 11, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Mandarin
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Ann Hu - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Selection
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/06/2001
"...Gentle and easy to take....[Liu's story] allows the film's true subject, the power of movies themselves, to shine through..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 05/01/2001
"...Beautifully crafted and richly human....This astute, lyrical movie creates a stirring tribute to cinema itself..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/06/2001
"...SHADOW MAGIC evokes the dawn of cinema in China with much charm, humor and subtlety..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/18/2001
"...[The film has] a lively sense of color and energy..."
With her directorial debut, a colorful historical drama recounting cinema's arrival in 1902 Peking, Chinese filmmaker and co-writer, Ann Hu, makes history herself with the first co-production between Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese film studios. Liu, (Xia Yu) the young photographer at Master Ren's (Liu Peiqi) well-respected photo shop, is fascinated with new technology. Ren, however, thinks Liu's tinkering is a distraction from duties like photographing the Peking Opera's biggest star, Lord Tan (Li Yusheng). When an Englishman, Raymond Wallace, (Jared Harris) opens "Shadow Magic," a small, dusty theatre touting a new technology of "pictures that move," Liu is incredibly curious. After beholding the ethereal images in rapt amazement, the spellbound photographer begs Wallace for a job. The two men join forces, pledging to earn fortunes to impress Wallace's drifting wife, and Liu's beloved Ling (Xing Yufei), the pretty, aloof daughter of Lord Tan. Liu's double life soon leads to conflict, however, when his father, Ren, and Lord Tan view the "Western gimmick" as a threat to old, Eastern tradition. With elaborate costumes, and lovely locations like The Forbidden City and the Great Wall, Hu's film is a movie lover's cross-cultural paean to the power and magic of cinema.
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- Theatrical Release: APRIL 6, 2001 (NY/LA)