The Great Magician

Synopsis: In the years after the Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty in China and established the republic, China broken up into fiefdoms held by warlords, who are busy fighting each other. A lieutenant is using magic to scare convicts into joining a warlord's army. His warlord has imprisoned a girl and wants her to be his seventh wife, but he's too honorable to force her. The local revolutionaries wants to kill the warlord and bring back the republic. The lieutenant is secretly a member of the Qing Dynasty Remnant and wants to bring back the Empire. The local Japanese businessman is actually trying to take over with help of the local Blackhawk gang. Into this chaos, a stranger returns from abroad with mastery of magic, and is back to recover the girl he loved (daughter of his master/teacher). Who is tricking whom and who will win at the end?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Tung-Shing Yee
Production: Emperor Motion Pictures International
  1 win & 3 nominations.
128 min

Welcome my fellows.

Bear with me.

Thanks the National Army to overthrow.

Yuan Shih-kai the 100 day emperor.

His former minions continue to

ravage the country.

But our hard days will soon be over.

General Bully Lei loves his soldiers.

If you're willing to join Lei's Army.

I, Liu Kun-shan, the Chief of Staff

promise you...

Food, money and fortune!

What's that?



They've gone crazy.

Liu Kun-shan.

You trick these farmers with magic!

Captain Tsai

how dare you slander your superior?

I'm just speaking the truth.

Covert military recruitment is illegal.

Put a curse on me if you dare.


Do you know what this is?

This is the world's most

notorious weapon...

Invented during the Ching dynasty.

Can behead enemies from miles away...

Flying guillotine.

It's the flying guillotine!

Captain Tsai

I'll kill you with this legendary device.

Lei's Army value discipline.

Will you join us?

I will!

Me too!

Good, Butler Liu.

You've recruited 5,000

soldiers in 3 months.

You're a genius.


I just used a few tricks.

It's your great name

that convinced the farmers.

By all means necessary

when it comes to recruiting.


Don't let me be a superstition monger.

Yes, sir.

We've 5,000 more soldiers to feed.

Just food alone will cost a lot.

Where do I find money to buy guns?

General, make up your mind now.

All the warlords are fighting.

If we don't gather enough forces...

We'll be overrun soon

I never cared about money.

But now

I can't do anything without it.

Let's ask those merchants for more

I've celebrated my lunar, solar birthdays

and my wedding anniversaries with my wives.

What can I use this time?


There's a general who taxes the farmers.

On their livestock.

Should we try it?

Should I pay tax for you in the name of...


I'm just teasing you!

If we tax the poor

we'll be "dogs".


The ceremony is about to begin.

Master... Master.

Today's party is a grand

solemn event.

Behave yourself while you're out there.

What a group of noisy women.

Stand back, all of you!



You look really handsome

heroic in this uniform.

It's very impressive!

Good. Stand behind me too

I refuse!

I, your 3rd wife,

want to show off that I'm your favorite!

Where's Madam 7th?

Forget about her.

She's being rude as usual!

Applause, for the General

Daisy and Peach, how are you?

Aren't Apricot and Melon Seed here?

Ladies and gentlemen

I'm pleased to announce.

"Taga Culture Group"

and General Lei have cofounded...

"Kanwa Films."

Starting today!

It's a collaboration.

We'll send a team of advisors...

To help General Lei with his venture.

Why did he wink at me?

He wants you to read inside his words.

He's not talking about movies but...

Military support.

Why Play on words?

It's called "diplomacy".

What is this thing?

A projector

I prepared a short film today.

SO everyone can experience

the magic of film!

"Double Agent."

You've the lead?

Liu Kun-shan".

Tarou Mitearai."

"Urgent, Lei's army is expanding."

He used to be my assistant.

But I discovered

that he actually is a spy.

Trying to expose our recruiting activities.

What did you do?

I used western hypnotism to control him.



If you believe it then it's real.

Isn't that Daisy and Peach?

They're Taga Group's new "action stars".


Film is an illusion!

It's not real.

Don't be fooled!

I know, those money are fake too!

No, we used real money!

I increased the budget for better effects.

Filmmaking is expensive.

"To be continued."

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