In their line of Hong Kong film releases, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment has now scheduled Ann Hu’s enchanting drama Shadow Magic (aka: Xi yang jing) for release in September.
Inspired by the life of Liu Jing Lun, “Shadow Magic” is an enchanting drama that depicts the wondrous influence of movies in Peking, China at the turn of the 20th century.
Photographer Liu (Xia Yu) is intrigued by the inventions and western technologies that are coming to his small community. When an Englishman named Raymond Wallace (Jared Harris) arrives with talk of “moving pictures,” Liu helps bridge the gap between Raymond and the Chinese, unintentionally defying the traditions of his culture in the process. Conflicted by his loyalty to his family and friends, and the opportunity to better his standing in society so he can marry the woman he loves, Liu must decide whether or not to risk everything to help bring the motion picture industry to China and make his dreams come true.
The DVD will feature an anamorphic widescreen presentation of the movie with Dolby Surround audio tracks in Mandarin and English. The language tracks are supported by optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish. As the only mentionable extra, the DVD will also contain an audio commentary by director Ann Hu. Theatrical Trailers and Filmograhies of selected cast and crew members can also be found on the disc.
“Shadow Magic” is scheduled for release on September 11 at a suggested retail price of $29.98.