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Dayu haitang (2016)

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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 »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Guanlin Ji Guanlin Ji ... Chun (voice)
Shangqing Su Shangqing Su ... Qiu (voice)
Timmy Xu 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)
Todd Haberkorn ... Kun (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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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

8 July 2016 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Da Hai See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Budget:

CNY 30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CNY 227,871,000 (China), 15 July 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Upon its 2016 release, it became China's second-highest-grossing locally produced animated feature of all time. See more »

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Big fish
by Shen, Zhou
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One of the most amazing films I have ever seen, animated or otherwise
25 March 2017 | by manuelasaezSee all my reviews

The standard for animated excellence is usually boiled down to how well it compares to a Ghibli film. No other studio makes animated films with such vision, creativity and originality. I was shocked to find a similar work ethic in this Chinese film, and I have to say, if they keep it up, we actually might have another contender to the throne. This movie does so many things right, that I could go on and on taking up valuable site space, so I'll just condense my review to as simple a review as possible; Watch this movie by any means necessary. The animation is beautiful the story is touching, the music is transcendent. It is a marvel of modern storytelling, and it deserves to be seen by everyone with a pulse. SEE THIS MOVIE.

Seriously.


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