Shadow Magic

2000 [CHINESE]

Drama / History / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 73% · 51 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67% · 500 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.1/10 10 816 816

Director

Top cast

Jared Harris as Raymond Wallace
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1.05 GB
1280*720
Chinese 2.0
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
Seeds 8
2.15 GB
1920*1080
Chinese 5.1
PG
23.976 fps
1 hr 56 min
Seeds 11

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by freakus 8 / 10

Complex drama about film and east/west relations

This film is about so many things. Most obvious is the hold that film can have over an audience and how capturing life on film can be a kind of magic. There is also the tense relationship between China and the West as many Chinese saw (probably rightly so) the "Barbarians" as trying to take over and pollute their way of life. Liu even seeks to preserve their way of life on film because he sees that it will one day disappear. Their is also Liu's internal conflict between the loyalties and traditions of China versus the self-determination philosophy of the West. All these themes are woven quite skillfully into a coherent and enjoyable whole by Hu. A very enjoyable film.

Reviewed by cherold 7 / 10

charming

A very sweet movie about a young Chinese man enamored of western technology and an Englishman trying to make his fortune showing movies in China. It's a very interesting story that is presumably based on true events, although I'm assuming it's more fantasy than real. It's got a fairy tale quality you rarely get in real life, and it's also got 8 people credited for the script, so they must have been making up stuff right and left.

This is a very likable movie that conveys how magical film was to people who had never seen it before. It is not an especially deep movie, touching briefly on the loss of tradition and the encroachment of western culture but mainly just being a pleasant little movie. It's actually a movie I enjoyed very much that is already beginning to disappear from my mind 15 minutes after seeing it. Light as a soufflé, but I enjoyed every minute.

Reviewed by Script2Screen 8 / 10

Gorgeous & Moving

A beautiful film about the coming of early silent cinema to China. SHADOW MAGIC deftly combines a love story with the drama of the cultural clash between China's ancient traditions and modern Western culture in the form of film. An amazing first film by Chinese director Ann Hu. If I correctly understood Ms. Hu's comments at the 2000 Sundance festival, this film was produced as an American film with co-funding by the Chinese government, and shot in China. SHADOW MAGIC reminds me of films like IL POSTINO and CINEMA PARADISO - not necessarily in theme or plot, but it has a similar feel.

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