Year of the Fish

2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
Even animation addicts might find their eyes glazing over at this digitally rotoscoped Cinderella story set in an oh-so-magical modern-day Chinatown. The draw-over technique, better thematically utilized in Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, here finds its toothless expression in a cutesy fairy tale (even if one set in a “beauty parlor” offering its clients happy endings). The fairy godmother is a chatty goldfish, and plucky Ye Xian (Nguyen), defiant in her servitude, gravitates toward the rakish Johnny Pan (Leung) with few unexpected hitches.



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