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Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Xi Meng Ren Sheng (The Puppetmaster)

142' - 1993 - War, Drama, Biography - Dialogue: Mandarin, Japanese
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Composer: Chenming-chang With: Lin Chung, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Choju Wei, Tsai Chen-Nan, Langli-Yen
Li Tien Luis the world's most famous puppet master. Bom in Taïwan on the wake of World War I, he lived through the Japanese occupation, and American bombings of his country.
Now eighty-four, he reflects on the farces that shaped his life: "My hands breathed life into my puppet figures. I created them and directed the drama of their fates, almost as though I were God himself. But the reality is that, with someone above me pulling the strings, I, too, am a mere puppet ... "

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Credits

Director

Hsiao-Hsien Hou

Composer

Chenming-chang

With

Lin Chung, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Choju Wei, Tsai Chen-Nan, Langli-Yen

Scenario

T'ien-wen Chu, Nien-Jen Wu

Director of Photography

Lee Pin-Beng

Editor

Liao Ching-Sung

Producer

Hua-Fu Chang, Hwa-Kun Chang

More information

Dialogue

Mandarin, Japanese

Countries of production

Taiwan

Screenplay based on

Li Tian-lu

Year

1993

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