20 February 2016

The King of Masks (1999)

Many films are gems that get lost or buried. Even award-winning films like “The King of Masks”. It's a foreign movie: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles.

Time period is the 1930s. A master of an ancient Chinese art is growing old. He must pass on his skills to an heir. A male heir. It's tradition!

Unfortunately, he's childless. In a desperate effort to honor the custom and maintain the trade, he buys a young child. In China, poor children are often sold via a black market. He and the child develop a close relationship, however, a “complication” also develops.

"The King of Masks

is a wonderful and touching story. 

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