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In the early 1920 s, on the streets of Beijing, the nation s most talented performers have gathered to show off their most spectacular skills. The challenge is set: a handsome prize to whomever can reproduce a magic trick called the Eight Immortals Treat. Zhang Xian (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) appears amidst the waiting crowd and decides to give it a try. So begins a legend of pure magic. Adapted from the Zhang Haifan novel, led by award-winning director Derek Yee (ONE NITE IN MONGKOK, SHINJUKU INCIDENT) and starring the three most powerful stars in Chinese cinema Tony Leung Chiu-wai (HERO, RED CLIFF), Lau Ching-wan (MAD DETECTIVE) and Zhou Xun (CLOUD ATLAS), THE GREAT MAGICIAN is an endearing spectacle of high-spirited action and fantasy.
Making THE MAGIC
A near-perfect mix of drama, comedy, action, romance and magic --Twitch
Engaging, star-driven entertainment --Film Business Asia
This is a pretty good movie to watch. Its a bit like The Prestige & The Illusionist mixed asian style. The cast is great. The scenery is fantastic. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kerry Ryan Maloney
Great special effects for the magic tricks and pulling back the veil on how some of it is done, interesting story line, decent suspense, refreshingly deep characters.Published on August 3, 2013 by Mokster
Didn't think I could like a Asian movie without Kung Fu fighting, but I absolutely loved it! Love the ending.Published on July 13, 2013 by Nichols
Loved the nuances in the film between the two male leads and their female interest. Great imagery and an imaginative story line make this a fun movie to watch. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Aaron Pruitt
It was not worth the time nor money.
I would like to return it and ger money back!
I would say it was something a child or teenager might enjoy.
intelligent depiction of an era in china we are not allowed to see
though many of these movies are overpriced