Music directorZhao Jiping Duration LanguageMandarin
Release dateJune 13, 1999 (USA) CastZhigang Zhang (Sulan, Luo), Zhigang Zhao (Liang Sao Lang), Renying Zhou (Gou Wa ("Doggie")), Xu Zhu (Bianlian Wang) Similar moviesZhu Xu appears in The King of Masks and Shower
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The King of Masks (simplified Chinese: 变脸; traditional Chinese: 變臉; pinyin: Biàn Liǎn) is a 1996 Chinese film directed by Wu Tianming.
Wang is The King of Masks, an aged street performer who practices the change-mask opera art of bian lian. He laments that he has no male heirs to carry on his mysterious and complicated art and trade. At an illegal child market, Wang buys what he believes to be an orphan boy to become his adopted grandson and apprentice.
However, Wang soon learns his new disciple is in fact a girl. As tradition dictates that he cannot pass his art onto a girl, he tries to abandon her, but she stubbornly stays with him. He later calls her "doggie" and has her refer to him as "boss". He then begins to train her to be a flexible contortionist street performer. While looking at his masks, she accidentally sets his humble residence on fire. Out of guilt, she runs away. She is then captured by two men and held in a room with a boy to be sold later. Doggie helps the boy escape and takes him to Wang to have as a grandson.
Then, Wang is falsely accused of kidnapping the boy, a rich family's child, and is thrown in jail. Doggie goes to one of his friends, a famous performer in the local opera, threatening to kill herself if he or any of his guests, including a local military general, are unable to help Wang. The King of Masks is eventually freed, and he finally accepts the girl as his granddaughter and teaches her his art.
The film won a number of awards at various film festivals around the world. It was released in the United States on June 13, 1999 on a limited theatrical release and earned about one million US dollars.
Awards and nominations
Huabiao Awards, 1995
Outstanding Co-Production Film
Golden Rooster Awards, 1996
Best Co-Produced Film
Best Director—Wu Tianming
Frankfurt Children and Young People's Film Festival, 1996
Lucas, Children's Section
Tokyo International Film Festival, 1996
Best Actor—Zhu Xu
Best Director—Wu Tianming
Canberra International Film Festival, 1997
Carrousel International du Film, 1997
Camério for Best Actor—Zhu Xu
Camério for Best Actress—Zhou Renying
Camério for Best Film
Istanbul International Film Festival, 1997
Singapore International Film Festival, 1997
Silver Screen Award for Best Asian Director—Wu Tianming
Fajr Film Festival, 1998
Crystal Simorgh for Best Actor—Zhu Xu
Würzburg International Filmweekend, 1999
Children's Film Award
Satellite Awards, 2000
Best Foreign Language Motion Picture (nominated)
16th Ale Kino! Festival, 1998
Grand Prix—Golden Poznań Goats for Best Movie
Marcinek—Special Mention by Children Jury for Movie