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...
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...