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A modern American fairytale with more than one happy ending
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A rotoscope-animated modern-day Cinderella story set in the underbelly of New York's Chinatown. | Add synopsis »
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Sweet, but a bit boring See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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 
François Keraudren  (as 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
Yusuke Kamata .... assistant to the co-producer
Julia Kots .... production assistant
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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, but a bit boring, 12 February 2008
Author: Supercargo from Sweden

This is a retelling of the Cinderella story, updated to modern day China Town in New York. The narrator is the eponymous fish. The film begins when Yi Xian arrives in New York, an illegal immigrant, perhaps, imported to work for her 'Aunty' Mrs Su and in the care of Auntie's minder and younger brother, Vinnie. Xian is 17. Her father back in China has fallen on hard times and has sent her/sold her to Aunty to earn money. Xian quickly discovers Auntie's business is a massage parlour. In the words of one of the girls who is told off to instruct her: "First you do the back, then they turn over and you do the dick". Xian refuses to "do the dick" and Aunty gives her instead all the cleaning to do. She has a debt to work off, after all.

Xian meets another Aunty, Aunty Yaga, a fearful witch, and for no clear reason is given a fish (the narrator) to take care of. There are trials and tribulations, but Cinderella meets her prince and everyone lives happily ever after (or at least with a blessing from the fish). It's a sweet story, sweetly retold.

It is also filmed in live action and then rotoscoped to look like an animated watercolour painting. At least, that seems to be the idea. There are one or two scenes in which the watercolour motif works well, (mostly street scenes in the rain, close-ups of the fish) and the dissolve from one scene to another is effective, but much of the time you do find yourself wondering why they bothered. Especially as the rotoscoping isn't really all that well done. Some of the scenes were visually so poor I did wonder whether the rotoscoping had been done against the clock in a sweatshop like the one Aunty Yaga runs, or whether the film had been batch converted with a cheap software programme.

The story is the story: we all know it, whether it's originally Chinese (as the director says), or Egyptian (as I remember being told) or Russian (Aunty Yaga = Baba Yaga), is really neither here nor there. The actors give it their best shot and it's a pity their faces are sometimes concealed by the rotoscoping.

It is difficult to know exactly who the intended audience is though. It's not an adult movie, despite the scenes in the massage parlour (there's nothing raw, nothing even that might be called soft porn). But it's not a children's film either, just because of the scenes and talk in and around the massage parlour. It's not a documentary or a slice of real life – it's a fairy tale.

Is it intended for a teenage audience? Johnny the 'prince' is a bit of a wimp. He's a musician, true, but he plays the accordion. How much teenage credibility does that give him? And Cinderella is dogged in her refusal to "do" dicks, and in keeping herself safe and pure, but she is also very dutiful. She doesn't try to escape; she accepts her duty to pay off the financial debt she has incurred to Aunty. She still honours her father, despite what he has done to her.

I saw this at the Gothenburg Film Festival one Sunday evening, and the cinema was very full. The audience showed no great enthusiasm. Ultimately the film is sweet, yes, but a bit boring.

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