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Year of the Fish (2007)



Critic Consensus: This modernized and rotoscope-animated update on the Cinderella story is charming at times and visually impressive, but audiences may find it to be too coarse for children and too superficial for adults.

Movie Info

Writer/director David Kaplan offers a new spin on the familiar Cinderella story with this visually inventive tale of a hopeful Chinese immigrant who discovers that life in New York City isn't for the faint of heart after being forced to work in a shady massage partner. Shot on video and subsequently rotoscoped to take on a slightly surreal look, Year of the Fish opens to find wide-eyed Chinese immigrant Ye Xian (An Nguyen) arriving in New York City in hopes of raising some money to send back to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Animation , Romance , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Kaplan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2011
Gigantic Pictures - Official Site


as Ye Xian

as Johnny Pan

as Mrs. Su

as Vinnie

as Grandmother

as Auntie Yaga/The Old ...

as Ye Xian's Customer

as Banquet M.C.

as Gang Leader

as Businessman 1

as Businessman 2

as Tourist Woman

as Seamstress 1
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Critic Reviews for Year of the Fish

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

The director-writer, David Kaplan, is able to hold our attention, and the film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Apart from the debut of appealing An Nguyen and a pet fish instead of a magic slipper, there's nothing particularly innovative here, and the film's seedy milieu ensures that it's anything but a kid-friendly fairy tale.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

David Kaplan's sweet, if superficial, fairy tale won't change the world, but it makes nice use of its setting (Chinatown) and visual style (rotoscope animation).

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

An adult fable told with childlike simplicity, Year of the Fish updates an ancient Chinese version of the Cinderella story with imagination, charm and just the right amount of sweetness.

August 29, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual style.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Top Critic

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