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Big Fish & Begonia (2016)

Dayu haitang (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 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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Trivia

Both Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang's directorial film debut. 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

It's Cold Without Your Love
Composed by Kiyoshi Yoshida
Lyrics by Xuan Liang
Performed by Lala Hsu
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Too much like Studio Ghibli, with convoluted story!
23 August 2018 | by pointman-7See all my reviews

View this movie on Shout! released Blu-ray disc. I very much would love to like this movie, but creativity is one big problem here. Animations were well done but just too much like Studio Ghibli animations - including movements and features of the characters (just look at Kun sister).

There is also a problem with the story. Even though the producers/director claimed that it was "inspired" by Chinese mythology, there is nothing much recognisable for me here, even though I am Chinese. It doesn't help when help that Chun, the main character said that she don't believe in God, yet they themselves have some kind of magical powers.This magical-powered beings were just being referred as "The Other". What was that? Why with all the power they have, they couldn't stop the flood?

I also viewed the Bonus Features, and understood that it creator had been through a lot just to make the film, but that is no excuse for the convoluted script (could this be the reason why he had problem in finding investor). Is it because China is a communist country where they were warn not to lick the script with any religion? I wonder.

Yes, it got beautiful imagery, animations, and great score from Kiyoshi Yoshida. Yet, this movie is more of a copy of Studio Ghibli (especially Spirited Away! Just look at all the cute creatures). It kind of sad to see China animation ended up like that. They did much better work before. I am not surprise that it received divided reviews in China.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English

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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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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