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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Passion River
  • Release Date: Feb. 8 2011
  • ASIN: B00474NXWC
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Year of the Fish

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Year of the Fish, A Review Dec 23 2009
By Kenneth C. Mcguire - Published on
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This is a wonderful film, produced by David Kaplan. A live action fairy tale shot in New York City's Chinatown, it is a Cinderella story unlike anything released by the major cartoon studios which includes, in addition to significant adult themes, many recognizable folk and fairy tale elements - a talking fish, a character based on the Russian witch Baba Yaga and the essential "They all lived happily ever after." Newly released on DVD, this is a must see movie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Uniquely Done. Oct. 13 2010
By Hg Wells - Published on
Adult themes. Not for children. Uniquely done using the amazing Studio Artist application (one of my favorites), this is an emotionally engaging film. Although filmed, the entire film was then painted. It did not get an adequate public release, which is disappointing. I can't quite give it five stars, but I'd give it over four. Some fine acting, especially by Randall Duk Kim who played three great parts. It took me forever to find a version I could watch. I was finally able to find a rental copy through AppleTV. As far as I know, this film is unrated. Some nudity. Adult situations. No sex. Rare language. Some violence, though not close to other films. I would suggest it might be a PG-13, though a good argument could be made that it should be an R. From several perspectives, this is art. Though a low budget movie, its story holds its own against movies costing far more to make. I am hoping to be able to find and purchase a copy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Recommend for Cinderella fans who like to see a modern re-telling Nov. 11 2013
By Lesmiz junkie - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"Cinderella" has always been my favorite fairy tale. I really enjoyed this Asian version that was filmed in NYC.

As a previous reviewer wrote, it is wise to realize that "Year of the Fish" is filmed with a digital painting technique. For some people, I could see how this aspect would not be appealing. However, I found it especially touching when the director would focus distinctly upon the faces of our heroine and her "prince". This technique displayed so well the confusion, appeal and eventual realization of how the two characters connect with a gentle smile touched with tenderness.

I was also especially impressed with the actress playing Mrs. Su as the "stepmother" element. Her final line in the movie shows the sadness/bitterness that can come from falling in love and its real-life consequences. It fleshes out a slight subtext beyond what lies behind her hard and cruel exterior.

Ye Xian as Cinderella and Johnny as the "prince" have beautiful chemistry together and truly were well cast in their roles.

I recommend it to "Cinderella" fans and for those who have interest in Asian culture. The commentary from the director helped me understand what was "authentic" about certain Asian scenes of the film and what he had borrowed from other ethnic cultures.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Different Jan. 3 2014
By KKN - Published on
This really was a Cinderella story. Everything about it was slightly above average for an indy film on a budget. The acting or the parts as written were a bit too cliche for my real enjoyment. The setting was different which enhanced things. You must be a romantic for this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Visually Striking Motion Picture Feb. 16 2011
By The Movie Man - Published on
Format: DVD
"Year of the Fish" is a modern-day adaptation of a ninth-century Chinese Cinderella story, the oldest known record of the tale, written 800 years before the European versions. A lovely young girl named Ye Xian (An Nguyen) travels alone to New York City to try to earn money for her sick father back home in China. She is employed by Mrs. Su (Tsai Chin), who runs a massage parlor in the heart of Chinatown. Ye Xian refuses to do the sex work, so she is made into a lowly servant who must do all the laundry, cleaning, shopping, and cooking. Her only comforts are an enchanted fish given to her by the mysterious hunchback Auntie Yaga (Randall Duk Kim) and her fleeting encounters with the handsome Johnny (Ken Leung), a struggling jazz musician.

The film was shot entirely in New York City's Chinatown. A digital painting technique transforms the live action into a striking, evocative animated movie. The effect is a painting come to life and adds to the fairy-tale feel of the story.

Bonus features include audio commentaries with the director and cast members and a behind-the-scenes look at the rotoscoping process, early rotoscoping techniques, and before-and-after rotoscoping images.

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