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  • 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
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  • ASIN: B00474NXWC
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Year of the Fish

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa5a73030) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cd4d50) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa1cd4f78) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa1cd6078) out of 5 stars Recommend for Cinderella fans who like to see a modern re-telling Nov. 11 2013
By Lesmiz junkie - Published on
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"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
HASH(0xa1cd6618) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa1cd6294) out of 5 stars Social Commentary Told In Art Form April 25 2012
By James Johnston - Published on
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this was a beautifully told film about a very relevant social issue. trafficking in the sex trade is a ongoing disgrace in today's society where we emphasize 'freedom' and Democracy. yet many still live in literal slavery and servitude. young woman, like the protagonist in this film, are often told that they "owe" their captors money and have to work to pay a "debt".
so much of this movie was depressingly all too real. however, it is strangely told with a lightness of touch and is often very whimsical and other worldly. it's very look brings a new meaning to the term film as a art. it is literally a film that is done in bright, splashy, painted colors. this is due to it's being done in a rotoscoping, color process similar to 'A Scanner Darkly'. the process is used here with more purpose and effectiveness. the film is supposed to look much like a water color painting and it justifies it's colored look more pointedly.
David Kaplan is a brilliant film director. so far he always works on a modest budget and manages still to capture so much fantasy and vision that other film's can only hope to achieve with their over-blown, multi-million dollar budgets. like his 'Red Riding Hood' masterpiece, this film digs deep into our collective folklore, re-creates it and fashions it into something that is traditional, but even more humanized and with more complexity than the original source material.
i only recently discovered Kaplan and i'm so glad i did. his cinema is rewarding and enriching and very intelligently conceived. they are also fully loaded with exquisite surrealism that is both entertaining and often mind blowing. this is a really great little movie.

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