Changing Faces

Bian Lian is an ancient Chinese dramatic art. Performers wear bright-colored masks, which they change repeatedly within seconds. Changing Faces was first used in a story about a hero who stole from the rich to help the poor. When he was caught by feudal officials, he changed his face to puzzle them and escaped.

Recently, Hongkong pop star Andy Lau learned this secret art from skilled masters, who have usually been passing it down from father to son.