Shadow Magic is a strange paradox; as childish and stagy as the flickering images screened, these very elements also give it a quaint and playful feel.
An uneven, but intriguing film, Shadow Magic successfully operates within an historical context and on a human level. Based on a true story, Chinese/American filmmaker Ann Hu explores the introduction of cinema to Imperial Peking and the cultural...
The year is 1902, and Raymond Wallace, Jared Harris, arrives in Beijing to demonstrate the new art of the new century - moving pictures. With a bag full of Lumiere and Edison one reelers, he sets up his `shadow magic` show and soon finds an eager...