GenreBiography, Drama, War ScreenplayChu Tien-wen, Wu Nien-jen
LanguageMandarin/Taiwanese/Japanese WriterChu Tien-wen, Wu Nien-jen Release date1993 CastTianlu Li (Himself), Giong Lim (Li Tianly (young) (as Chung Lin)), Ming Hwa Bai (Ong Hsiu (grandmother)), Fue Choung Cheng (Li Tien Lu adolescent), Tsai Chen-Nan Similar moviesTed 2, Seed of Chucky, Child's Play 2, Ted, Pinocchio, Bride of Chucky
The Puppetmaster is a 1993 Taiwanese film directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Based on the memoirs of Li Tian-lu, Taiwan’s most celebrated puppeteer, this story covers the years from Li’s birth in 1909 to the end of Japan’s fifty-year occupation of Taiwan in 1945.
Many consider The Puppetmaster a masterpiece of world cinema. In the British Film Institute's 2012 Sight & Sound poll, seven critics and three directors named it one of the greatest films ever made.
It tells the story of Li Tian-lu who becomes a master puppeteer but is faced with demands to turn his skills to propaganda during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in World War II. This film is the second in Hou's trilogy of historical films that include A City of Sadness (1989) and Good Men, Good Women (1995).
The film won the Jury Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at Istanbul International Film Festival, though the prize at Cannes was due largely to the single-handed efforts of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.