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The King of Masks

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Like all the best fairy tales, this beautifully told story of a lonely old street performer in 1930s China and the child he apprentices has plenty of harshness along with the sweet. Children are bought and sold, a desperate deception ends with banishment, and death hovers like the ever-present provincial soldiers, but the elasticity of love ensures redemption, and yes, a happily-ever-after ending. A-