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Year of the Fish -- Ye Xian, a servant at a massage parlor in New York's Chinatown, falls for a musician and transcends oppression by a cruel madame in this stylistically animated retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale narrated by a magical koi.


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A modern American fairytale with more than one happy ending
A rotoscope-animated modern-day Cinderella story set in the underbelly of New York's Chinatown. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Tsai Chin ... Mrs. Su

Ken Leung ... Johnny

Randall Duk Kim ... Auntie Yaga / Old Man / Foreman

An Nguyen ... Ye Xian
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Leung Bayer ... Grandmother
Henry Russell Bergstein ... Hasidic Customer (as Henry Russell)
Buzz Bovshow ... Businessman #2
Esther Cheng ... Salon Worker #3

Lori Tan Chinn ... Shuk Yee

Andre De Leon ... Thug
Kim Dong ... Salon Worker #5

Tina Duong ... Salon Worker #7

Wai Ching Ho ... Seamstress #2
Anna Kim ... Seamstress #1
Janet Lau ... Salon Worker #8
David Lee ... Fish Narration

Paul J.Q. Lee ... Wu
Lillian Leong ... Salon Worker #9

Bunny Levine ... Tourist Woman
Philip Levy ... Businessman #1
Susan Li ... Salon Worker #11
Eva Liu ... Salon Worker #4
Gine Lui ... Fortuneteller
Ken Marks ... Ye Xian's Customer

Jessica Moon ... Salon Worker #6

Hettienne Park ... Hong Ji
Barry Sacker ... Tourist Man
Matthew Saldivar ... Gang Leader
Lloyd Suh ... Chik

Akira Takayama ... Lin
Sophia Tam ... Little Girl
Masae Taniguchi ... Salon Worker #1

Migina Tsai ... Salon Worker #10
Lee Wong ... Vinnie

Constance Wu ... Lucy

Corrine Hong Wu ... Katty
Jane Wu ... Seamstress 3
Henry Yuk ... Mr. Meng

Directed by
David Kaplan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Kaplan 

Produced by
Tevin Adelman .... line producer
Rocco Caruso .... producer
David Kaplan .... producer
Jason Orans .... co-producer
Telly Wong .... associate producer
Janet Yang .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
Cinematography by
Adam Silver 
Film Editing by
David Kaplan 
Frank Keraudren 
Casting by
David Caparelliotis 
Production Design by
Mylene Santos 
Set Decoration by
Kelley Burney 
Costume Design by
Mattie Ullrich 
Makeup Department
David Kalahiki .... makeup artist
Johnny Mooi .... hair stylist
Leo Won .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Paul Jarrett .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jake Neufeld .... second assistant director
Jason Orans .... assistant director
Tina Yeh .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Andrea Cavaluzzo .... set dresser
Eric Jacobs .... prop assistant
Sound Department
Matt Geldof .... sound
Eric Milano .... adr recordist
Eric Milano .... foley artist
Eric Milano .... sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Tom Paul .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Jared Cocken .... project consultant
Jared Cocken .... title designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Karra Duncan .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Jared Cocken .... title card design
David Kaplan .... animator
Ellen Scott .... assistant animator
Casting Department
Henry Russell Bergstein .... casting associate (as Henry Russell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Rannenberg .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Julia Kots .... editing room assistant
Jennifer Lee .... associate online editor
Music Department
Ted Reichman .... musician: accordion
Erlin A. Velberg .... music editor
Other crew
Joe Cacchioli .... production assistant
Michael Dobs .... production assistant
Scott Ferlisi .... location scout
Sarah Groner .... production assistant
Yûsuke Kamada .... assistant to the co-producer
Julia Kots .... production assistant
Otto Porrazzo .... insurance broker
Robert L. Seigel .... legal services
Daniel Silva .... production assistant
Adam Spielberg .... production coordinator
Stephanie Wang .... cultural consultant
Joseph Ypsilantis .... set production assistant

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USA:96 min
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3 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Poorly-Executed, But Funny Film, 14 March 2011
Author: wakakusa from United States

I heartily agree with previous reviewers on a few points:

- the film plays on ridiculous stereotypes - the acting, while certainly amateur at best, is hindered by a comically clichéd script - the filter effect is distracting and pointless. Perhaps it was meant to give the impression of fish-vision, but my wife and I both hoped from the first moment that the effect would go away after the opening credits.

I gave the movie two stars instead of one simply because of the comedy factor. Lines like "Now you do the cock!" are reminiscent of the unintentional humor of Wiseau's "The Room." Awkward cut-aways to a goldfish slowly opening and closing its mouth have a similarly hilarious effect.

I should be a bit less harsh, on the assumption that this may have been a student's film project. I hope it was.

I might have been more forgiving were it not for that aggravating filter.

You might enjoy this movie at a party or for sheer comedic value.

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