Director Ann Hu’s arthouse drama tells the story of Raymond, an itinerant Englishman who is the first to bring motion pictures to China. While conservatives frown upon the Western invention, the images are a marvel to peasants and royalty alike.
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It was a decent film, in terms of the overall story and seeing a culture introduced to film, but I was more moved by seeing the kids in Spirit of the Beehive watch Frankenstein for the first time. Jared Harris reminds me of South Park's impersonation of Russel Crowe. And why did they need that wind-chime-like tinkling every time the young woman entered a scene?