Movie review: The great magician

THE GREAT MAGICIAN (PG)

Dramedy/129 minutes

Rating: ****

Chang Hsien (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is a magician who returns to Beijing to reclaim his childhood sweetheart, Liu Yin (Zhou Xun).

She has been kidnapped by a warlord, Bully Lei (Lau Ching Wan), to become his seventh wife.

This Derek Yee-helmed film is the first Chinese blockbuster of the year.

Forget about the plot and this happy mishmash of genres and cliches actually surprises you.

Expect great acting and moments of lucid philosophical insights into love and politics.


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