Prejudices against Gender in Wu Tianning’s “The King of Masks”


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Prejudices against Gender in Wu Tianning’s "The King of Masks"
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Wu Tianning’s The King of Masks
The movie The King of Masks takes place in the 1930s in an obscure and anonymous part of China. At the time of the film‘s setting, girls are not highly valued. While the movie presents itself as a fairy tale of a love between an old man and his “adopted” grandchild, it is also a social commentary on how a society prejudices against gender.
Wang is al old street performer who is known in the streets as the King of Masks. The ages-old art of the sleight-of-hand mask change is an honor of Wang’s family that is passed on to an heir. Wang’s wife ran off, leaving Wang to raise their only child, a son, who died...
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.....iquated and sexist idea, but the truth is, social discrimination against female children still existed in the late 1990s when this movie was made.
The moral of the story, if there can be said to be one, is that girls can be just as valuable as boys in any society. Of course, having proven her love and her valor, Doggie is now worthy of learning Wang’s mask tricks and earning his respect which he heretofore would only have bestowed upon a boy. The final scene is touching, particularly when he instructs Doggie to call him “Grandpa” once again. Doggie is now neither a boy or a girl in Wang’s (or society’s) eyes, she is a human being.
Shaw Brothers (Producers) & Wu Tianning (Director). (1999). The King of Masks. [Motion Picture].