Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster)
Hsimeng jensheng (The Puppetmaster) (1993)

This Hou Hsiao Hsien masterpiece is a portrait of the childhood and adolescence of octogenarian Taiwanese puppet master and actor Li T'ien-lu, who narrates the film both off-screen and on-screen. In this second installment of a trilogy… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Hou Hsiao-hsien remains a master at conveying movement, progression, and a sense of the inexorable rotations of the wheel of time.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hou's film is a work of art that deliberately studies the gray in between the black and white political messages...

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The figures of the puppetmaster's personal history become like his puppets, performing a repeated, stylized version of the past on a small stage.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Meshing reality and fiction, Hou has created a groundbreaking masterpiece.