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Big Fish & Begonia (2016)

Da Yu Hai Tang (original title)
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A 16-year-old girl travels to the human world in the form of a dolphin and forms a connection with a human boy.

Directors:

Xuan Liang (as Liang Xuan), Chun Zhang (as Zhang Chun)

Writers:

Daniel Chuba, Xuan Liang (story by) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Guanlin Ji Guanlin Ji ... Chun (voice)
Shangqing Su Shangqing Su ... Qiu (voice)
Timmy Xu ... Kun (voice)
Shulan Pan Shulan Pan ... Chun, old age (voice)
Yuanyuan Zhang Yuanyuan Zhang ... Feng (voice) (as Yuanyuan Xang)
Jiu'er Jiu'er ... Kun's Sister (voice)
Lifang Xue Lifang Xue ... Chun's Father (Shu) (voice)
Jie Zhang Jie Zhang ... Chisong Zi (voice)
Xiaoyu Liu Xiaoyu Liu ... Leizu (voice)
Zhongyang Baomu Zhongyang Baomu ... Goumang (voice)
Yu Cheng Yu Cheng ... Tingmu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
JB Blanc ... Lingpo (voice) (as John White)
Johnny Yong Bosch ... Qiu (voice)
Greg Chun ... Houtu / Chun's Father (Shu) / Chisong Zi (voice)
Cam Clarke ... Zhurong (voice)
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Storyline

It is a world within our world, yet unseen by any human, and the beings here control time and tide and the changing of the seasons. On the day Chun turns sixteen, she is transformed into a dolphin to explore the human world. She is rescued from a vortex by a human boy at the cost of his own life. Chun is so moved by the boy's kindness and courage that she decides to give him life again. But to do this, she must protect the boy's soul, a tiny fish, and nurture it to grow. Through adventure and sacrifice, love grows, yet now she must release him back to the sea, back to life in the human world. Written by Liang Xuan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Upon its 2016 release, it became China's second-highest-grossing locally produced animated feature of all time. See more »

Quotes

Lingpo: What brings you to the Island of Souls?
Chun: There's a soul I'm looking for: the soul of a human boy
Lingpo: What time was it he died?
Chun: It was two days before the wheat harvest.
Lingpo: You need to be sure of the date. Otherwise you're searching for a needle in a haystack. So many die every day.
Chun: I'm sure. It was my birthday.
Lingpo: I know what you're trying to do, girl, and it goes against the laws of nature!
Chun: I don't care. I've got to save him!
Lingpo: The punishment is harsh for those who defy nature, no matter who you are, so you *...
[...]
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Soundtracks

Meet in this World
Composed by Christopher Chak
Lyrics by Xi Lin
Performed by Eason Chan
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An Amazing Movie
28 July 2016 | by d-57774See all my reviews

I heard about Big fish & begonia (Da Hai) in 2013 and I was shocked by the 5-minute trailer at that time. At first sight I thought it was a Ghibli movie again, but then I learned about that the core story got some inspiration from some ancient Chinese proses, such as "A Leisurely Tour" by Chuang-tzu and ShanHai Jing. As a Chinese, I know I can't describe my feeling perfectly in English, but I just want to say that Big Fish & Begonia (Da Hai) is a very moving and wonderful movie which can make me cry every time. It tells a story about salvation, love and growth. It's totally Chinese, from these good pictures to the touching story. I hope one day the movie can be released in some other countries, so that more and more audience can enjoy its beauty and be moved by it.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,557,721
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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