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The Dreams of Jinsha (2010)

Meng hui jin sha cheng (original title)
Xiao Long is a modern day middle-school student, who, after being transported 3,000 years back in time to the ancient kingdom of Jinsha, discovers his true destiny. Jinsha is a beautiful ... See full summary »

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Xiao Long is a modern day middle-school student, who, after being transported 3,000 years back in time to the ancient kingdom of Jinsha, discovers his true destiny. Jinsha is a beautiful and magical place but plagued by a mysterious evil energy which its inhabitants fear they can't hold off, much less defeat. After the school boy witnesses the beginnings of the destruction by the forces of darkness on this ancient land, he is overcome with sadness and pledges to help. Upon discovering a special connection with nature, Xiao Long gains the trust of the beautiful young Princess Hau'er and her loyal subjects and together they fight the wicked forces surrounding them to restore peace across the kingdom. Along the way, Xiao Long reforms himself into a courageous boy who forgoes his self-centered behavior to coexist harmoniously with others. Written by Production

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And the legend is...?
19 March 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I'll start with the positive: The animation, the colors, everything was beautiful. So if you wanted to just look at pretty things for a good hour and a half, you could project this film and mute it and enjoy.

From the very beginning, we are lost in terms of what's going on, which is fine, as long as at some point you start understanding something. The film never develops a plot, a tangible story. The "legend" that all the characters in the ancient world speak of is never explained or revealed. How and why the two worlds collide is never explained. Things happen. We do not understand why, though we are constantly watching some characters saying "Oh, this is what the legend predicted." "This, for sure, will mean this, oh, but it could go either way, the legend is unclear." On and on, this legend is talked about but never revealed. If at the end of the film you try to understand what the legend could have been, you still have no clue... Characters are flat, as their lives, their conflicts are not explained either. At some point, the general does something, which is baffling, as we do not know why he would do this. This seems to be turning point in the story, though, again, it is not explained nor is it resolved, really, in the end.

So great visuals, but very poor plot, if you can even call it that. At times I was wondered if something got lost in translation... Perhaps someone who understands the original language can shed some light.

Note: Also not for little children, as there are some very scary and dark moments, especially towards the end, but kids might also find the bit about the dog at the beginning upsetting.


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