Directed by Wu Tianming, The King of Masks is about an old man (Zhu Xu), a street performer in China's Sichuan provinces in the thirties, who grudgingly befriends an abandoned urchin (Zhou Ren-ying) and ultimately owes his life to her. This may sound like the sort of picture that routinely cops a best-foreign-film Oscar, but actually it's better than that. Because it comes by most of its emotions honestly, we don't feel strong-armed by sentimentality. . .