Shadow Magic
Shadow Magic (2000)

Chinese-born, American-based director Ann Hu debuts with this epic historical drama about the introduction of motion pictures to China during the beginning of the 20th century. The film is based on a true story of Liu Jung (Xia Yu), a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Charmingly sweet, Shadow Magic captures the sense of wonder of audiences experiencing the world of motion pictures for the first time.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Why not trust the subject matter instead of shaping it all to fit a formula?

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Boston Globe

Shadow Magic isn't interested in psychology or character study. It's a series of tableaux and on that level succeeds admirably.

Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

In her debut film, director and producer Ann Hu creates a beautiful world with strong characters, both main and supporting.

Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News

Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.

Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald

There is a humane touch here missing from so many modern movies.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Despite the fact that it's occasionally corny, Shadow Magic is also so low-key and so charming that you might not care.

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Loren King
Chicago Tribune

Gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to be mesmerized and seduced by images that still convey magic and mystery.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's a film about film, and Hu's love of the medium's storytelling power shines through every frame.

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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

Some of the hostile reactions to Wallace and his movie machine may seem heavy-handed, but the film reminds us that China had been exploited by Western culture, making the opposition a bit more palatable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
The story of the introduction of film to a turn of the century China weary of and hostile to Western encroachment is framed by a tale of a young man struggling… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Shadow Magic," it is Peking in 1902 where Liu(Xia Yu), the chief photographer for a prestigious photo studio, is seeking… More