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.
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as Ye Xian
as Johnny Pan
as Mrs. Su
as Hong Ji
as Shuk Yee
as Auntie Yaga/The Old Man/The Foreman
as Ye Xian's Customer
as Banquet M.C.
as Gang Leader
as Businessman 1
as Businessman 2
as Tourist Woman
as Seamstress 1
Critic Reviews for Year of the Fish
The director-writer, David Kaplan, is able to hold our attention, and the film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.
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.
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).
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.
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