In the early 1920’s, on the streets of Beijing, the nation’s most talented performers have gathered to show off their most spectacular skills. The challenge is set: a handsome prize to whomever can reproduce a magic trick called the Eight Immortals’ Treat. Zhang Xian (Tony Leung) appears amidst the waiting crowd and decides to give it a try.
So begins a legend of pure magic. Adapted from the Zhang Haifan novel, led by award-winning director Derek Yee (One Nite In Mongkok, Shinjuku Incident) and starring the three most powerful stars in Chinese cinema - Tony Leung (Hero, Red Cliff), Lau Ching-wan (Mad Detective) and Zhou Xun (Cloud Atlas), The Great Magician is an endearing spectacle of high-spirited action and fantasy.