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  • HSIMENG RENSHENG Alternative
  • The PUPPETMASTER Alternative

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Based on the life of puppetmaster Li Tien-Lu. Spans thirty years from Li's birth in 1909 through World War II and the defeat of the Japanese in 1945, which marked the end of fifty years of Japanese occupation in Taiwan. Reflects the complex identity of Chinese life under Japanese rule.

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