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Year of the Fish Reviews

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June 10, 2011
It's exactly Cinderella in modern Chinatown. While the visuals are interesting at first, it gradually becomes more annoying than charming. In the end, the movie is a bit to dark for children but too shallowly simplistic for adults.
August 20, 2008
the story itself is told fairly well, and with a couple of interestign dark-fantasy touches (think 90% Cinderella and 20% Pan's Labyrinth)... but the animation made it pretty unbearable; there's no real purpose for it to be there and is only used creatively in transitions and the occassional moment - there's also no money to really make it as expressive like when Linklater does it. If there had been no rotoscoping it would just be a charming little low-budget NY indie flick, but as it stands it becomes ingratiating almost in spite of its better tendencies.
½ August 15, 2008
Year of the fish - Is finally getting its US release.

Taxicabs may not turn into a pumpkins, and the fairy godmother may sport fins and a tail, but "Year of the Fish" is a Cinderella story all the way, from its abused heroine to its happy ending. That the film is rotoscoped, or digitally painted, is its arthouse/festival calling card. But the story is so cliched and broadly drawn that few paying auds will feel compelled to call.

That the film is animated gives it an appropriately magical feel, but it can't save the story from being drowned in devices and stereotype. Chin, although a terrific actress, is bound by the dragon-lady conventions of her character; Nguyen's Ye Xian is little more than a doe-eyed victim, waiting for Prince Charming -- who comes in the form of the handsome Johnny Pan (Ken Leung), a local accordionist who's been having problems with modern Chinese women, but who will apparently live happily ever with someone as pliable as Ye Xian.

Cinderella story to the rescue. This is a must see. It should be on screen by September.

Vince
Vmedia UCB
June 9, 2007
Year of the Fish is the chineese version of the story Cinderella. I really enjoyed this movie. The story was different, but also familiar. The animation was also very well done. A great movie.
February 21, 2013
It's a little weird, but it's also a beautiful love story!
June 10, 2011
It's exactly Cinderella in modern Chinatown. While the visuals are interesting at first, it gradually becomes more annoying than charming. In the end, the movie is a bit to dark for children but too shallowly simplistic for adults.
February 27, 2011
o man patinka pasakos...
February 4, 2011
A simple story of a women.....
September 19, 2008
Asian Rotoscoped Cinderella?
½ September 1, 2008
There's a lot to like about this movie. Unlike others, I don't object to the use of rotoscope here. I definitely preferred Waking Life, but not because I felt the animation was out of place here.

This movie is visually appealing. The animation advances the story's fairytale quality.

The soundtrack was often overbearing and there was rampant stereotyping. Still, the movie had its charm.
August 23, 2008
Highly recommended!! :-)
August 23, 2008
the blurb describes the film as 'layered animation style that evokes a painting come to life'. it seems sweet enough, but not something i would watch, nice idea though
August 20, 2008
the story itself is told fairly well, and with a couple of interestign dark-fantasy touches (think 90% Cinderella and 20% Pan's Labyrinth)... but the animation made it pretty unbearable; there's no real purpose for it to be there and is only used creatively in transitions and the occassional moment - there's also no money to really make it as expressive like when Linklater does it. If there had been no rotoscoping it would just be a charming little low-budget NY indie flick, but as it stands it becomes ingratiating almost in spite of its better tendencies.
½ August 15, 2008
Year of the fish - Is finally getting its US release.

Taxicabs may not turn into a pumpkins, and the fairy godmother may sport fins and a tail, but "Year of the Fish" is a Cinderella story all the way, from its abused heroine to its happy ending. That the film is rotoscoped, or digitally painted, is its arthouse/festival calling card. But the story is so cliched and broadly drawn that few paying auds will feel compelled to call.

That the film is animated gives it an appropriately magical feel, but it can't save the story from being drowned in devices and stereotype. Chin, although a terrific actress, is bound by the dragon-lady conventions of her character; Nguyen's Ye Xian is little more than a doe-eyed victim, waiting for Prince Charming -- who comes in the form of the handsome Johnny Pan (Ken Leung), a local accordionist who's been having problems with modern Chinese women, but who will apparently live happily ever with someone as pliable as Ye Xian.

Cinderella story to the rescue. This is a must see. It should be on screen by September.

Vince
Vmedia UCB
July 30, 2008
AMAZING MOVIE, it was so sweet and heartfelt! i loved this movie it was so great!
½ February 14, 2008
Absolutely painful. The rotoscoping was an ugly gimmick. And the story was a horribly cheesy and stereotypical outsider interpretation of a Chinatown fairytale.
½ January 27, 2008
This movie's strength is not its story, nor the acting, but the visual beauty of the technique called rotoscoping. It was a perfect film festival/Sunday night choice: a happy story that I will not remember that I've seen in one year's time.
July 26, 2007
i heart rotoscope. it makes movie makeup obsolete. enjoyed the brief commentary on chinese human trafficking, sweatshop work...run by who else, but the chinese?
½ July 18, 2007
the rotoscoping almost comes off as a gimmick to disguise the films flaws and inconsistencies. leaves you with a good feeling at the end of the movie until you actually think about what was happening.
½ July 8, 2007
An excellent modern take of Cinderella. Tsai Chin is wonderful and ken Leung excellent as always. But overall it is a real downer. She goes thru hell thru most of the film, and it can be very gut wrenching at times. Hard to sit thru...
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