Shadow Magic (also know as Xi yang jing) full movie is released on Nov 22, 2001. Watch Shadow Magic online - the English Drama movie from China. Shadow Magic is directed by Ann Hu and created by Chang-Lun Chen with Jared Harris and Yu Xia.

Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. Liu's work with Wallace brings him conflict with tradition and his father's authority, complicated by his falling in love with Ling, daughter of Lord Tan, star of Beijing's traditional opera. Liu sees movies as his chance to become wealthy and worthy of Ling. When the Shadow Magic pair are invited to show the films to the Empress Dowager, things look good. But, is disaster in the script? And, can movies preserve tradition even as they bring change?

As know as:

Xi yang jing, 西洋鏡, Shadow Magic, Xi yang jing, 西洋鏡 映画の夜明け

Release Date:

Apr 06, 2001


China, Germany, Taiwan, United States


English, Mandarin

Stream Service:

Sony Pictures Classics

Production Companies:

Beijing Film Studio, C & A Productions, Central Motion Picture Corporation

Official Site:

Sony (United States)


Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Why not trust the subject matter instead of shaping it all to fit a formula?
by rottentomatoes, May 18, 2001
Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
Makes us appreciate what today's audiences take for granted: the miracle of the cinema.
by rottentomatoes, May 17, 2001
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.
by rottentomatoes, May 17, 2001

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