Dayu haitang (2016)
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Though I always wince at obviously CG elements in 2D animation (even if it's pretty standard today), Big Fish & Begonia nevertheless comes across as incredibly beautiful. We are witness to a world of Chinese spirits, unseen by the human world, yet evidently connected to it, or its reflection. The story concerns a flower spirit who feels responsible for the death of a human and vows to bring him back to life, even at the cost of her own existence. The natural world is none too happy about this, and tragedy is in the offing, but it's hard to predict just who will meet this tragic end. Beyond the delight of exploring this world and its rules, it's the unpredictability that keeps you invested. The story is grand myth and doesn't seem to follow the usual movie rules. At first, I'd thought it a flaw that the rat spirit thread was sort of left dangling, but then I think of our world as context, and maybe it wasn't. I've seen a lot of bad reviews of this and I wonder if there's something wrong with the English dub, so better stick to the original Chinese to be safe.
what a fantastic tale! eyes, soul and mind blowing!
aka "Big Fish & Begonia".
The animation is absolutely gorgeous and stunning, a really nice setting for the touching story.
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