|Rating:||PG (for brief mild language)|
|Release Date:||April 6, 2001|
|Running time:||119 minutes|
|Cast:||Jared Harris, Lu Liping, Xia Yu, Xing Yufei, Lu Peiqi|
|Producer:||Ann Hu, Sandra Schulberg, Zhang Xia, Cheng Zheng|
|Distributor:||Sony Pictures Classics|
Description: Beijing, 1902, at the Feng Tai Photo Shop. Master Ren prepares for a formal portrait of Lord Tan, China's most famous opera star, while chief photographer Liu, neglecting his duties for the moment, tinkers with a Victrola. Lord Tan arrives with a retinue, including his beautiful daughter, Ling, who exchanges glances with Liu. Meanwhile, a foreigner, Raymond Wallace, has set up the first crude movie theatre, Shadow Magic, with which he hopes to make a fortune and return to England. Liu's fascination with useless and disapproved foreign gadgetry leads him into a double life working for both Ren and Wallace.
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