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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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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Lacking in redeeming qualities. 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 
 
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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
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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12 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Lacking in redeeming qualities., 22 October 2007
Author: bruno-r-dias from Brazil

It's hard to find where to start with this. I suppose the camera work is as good a place as any - And although uninspired, there aren't any major enough blunders to justify ripping into the film's photography. Although a lot of shots are longer than they should be, and there is a great deal of grating breaks in pacing, the camera can be safely ignore, as in most films. The so-called "rotoscoping," however, adds positively nothing to the content of the movie. No actual rotoscoping appears to take place; instead, something which greatly resembles an ugly Photoshop filter has been applied to the images, making the already low-budget (Not that there's anything wrong with that!) film appear tacky and cheap. While some moments use the "canvas" filter to good effect, it's never sufficiently explored to justify its inclusion. It appears to be there mostly so that the film can get away with lower production values and crude make-up.

The acting, although also marked by some entertaining moments, is mostly wooden. The main character wears a bewildered or frightened expression for the whole duration of the film; the relatively minor sub-plot of the main character's paramour and his relationship to his friends are actually where all the decent acting in the film is focused, and Ken Leung works hard to pull the movie out of the deep pit it manages to dig for itself. Some of the characters are downright stereotypical caricatures. The figure of Aunt Yaga is poorly, if at all, explained, and seems to just have been plucked out of Chinese mythology and dropped unceremoniously into the film. The character of An Nguyen, poorly dressed as her character requires, is inexplicably considered to be very attractive, even though that is clearly not the case.

All of that can be overcome by a film with a good story to tell - Unfortunately, Year of the Fish has got nothing. The plot unfolds by force, being pushed by a sort of on-going deus ex machina - Ye Xian, despite being the protagonist, has no agency in the film and very little initiative. All of the plot points are resolved by a single character whose motivation and origin are completely unclear. It's impossible for the audience to actually know why anything is happening; the story seems to be moved forward not by causality or by the motivation of the characters, but by some sort of overwhelming, invisible, fate-like entity trying to push the main character through adversity and then hand her happiness on a silver plate; again, the film comes off as incredibly cheap. While there is nothing wrong with the author's voice, or with the traditional structure of a fairy tale or an adventure, - obstacles followed by success - the film doesn't work to support its narrative structure.

Lots of little details in the movie are completely unnecessary, and seem to be there just to try and cram in some sort of arcane trivia from the original Chinese stories it is based on. Information is delivered via random appearances of a prophetic character. Narration is provided by a fish whose job in the plot is unclear. The film teeter-totters dangerously between fantasy and (in the mind of the author) gritty realism, and while some interesting situations can be glimpsed briefly just at the very border between these two worlds, the film never spends any time there; there is no descent, but rather, the main character flickers unwittingly between the world of fairy tale and real-life Chinatown, and the transition is never explored sufficiently to be interesting.

All in all, a transparently cheap attempt at exploiting the structure and feel of a fairy tale in order to extort some emotional reaction from the audience. It falls flat on its face both for failing to recognise what makes fairy tales wondrous, and for populating its world with antagonists that are too easy to hate, protagonists that are too difficult to like, and supporting characters which are little but the grinding wheels of the author's inevitably forced conclusion.

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