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Li Tian-lu (1910 – 23 June 1998) played the principal character in two historical Taiwanese films directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien.
The Puppetmaster tells the true story of Li's life as a master puppeteer faced with demands to turn his skills to propaganda during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan in World War II. He also played the patriarch of the extended Chinese family facing the events surrounding A City of Sadness (1989).
Li featured in the role of the grandfather in Hou's 1986 film Dust in the Wind and 1987 film Daughter of the Nile.
Li died on 23 June, 1998.