in about 100 words or less
Taiwan 142m, Colour
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien; Cast: Lim Giong, Li Tian-lu, Tsai Chen-Nan
The Puppetmaster is an interesting historical drama based on the memoirs of Taiwanese puppeteer Li Tian-lu, who was ordered to use his skills for Japanese propaganda efforts during World War II. Combining interviews and dramatization, this is a study of 19thC Taiwanese culture, and a political commentary on the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, as well as a showcase for the art of puppetry (Klaus Ming September 2016).