Year of the Fish

Critics 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.

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Movie Info

A servant girl (An Nguyen) in a Chinatown massage parlor receives a magic goldfish from a mysterious street vendor.

Cast & Crew

An Nguyen
Ye Xian
Voice
Ken Leung
Johnny Pan
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Tsai Chin
Mrs. Su
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Randall Duk Kim
Auntie Yaga
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David Kaplan
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David Kaplan
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Critic Reviews for Year of the Fish

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

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 26, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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).

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual style.

    August 29, 2008 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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