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The Wooden Man's Bride
(Wu Kui)
Taiwan - 1994
Directed by Jianxin Huang


A film that feels almost like an American Western with a Chinese fairy-tale overlay.   A young bride is being transported to her betrothed when her caravan is overtaken by bandits.  Kidnapped and held by the gang of outlaws, she never sees the man she is to marry as he is killed in an accidental shooting while preparing to rescue her.   The peasant Kui delivers her from the bandits, falling in love with her along the way. Since her betrothal was as payment for her father's debt, the groom's mother exercises her traditional option and forces the young peasant girl to marry a wooden effigy of her son.  Kui must now rescue his lover from the evil mother-in-law.

Beautifully filmed, this is a classically told story, in the tradition of fairy-tales.   Set in the 1920's, the film has a special timeless quality.  Taiwanese director, Jianxin Huang, has created a classic.

Runtime:  105 minutes

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