Year of the Fish
Year of the Fish (2007)

Writer/director David Kaplan offers a new spin on the familiar Cinderella story with this visually inventive tale of a hopeful Chinese immigrant who discovers that life in New York City isn't for the faint of heart after being forced to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This modernized and rotoscope-animated update on the Cinderella story is charming at times and visually impressive, but audiences may find it to be too coarse for children and too superficial for adults.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The director-writer, David Kaplan, is able to hold our attention, and the film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

David Kaplan's sweet, if superficial, fairy tale won't change the world, but it makes nice use of its setting (Chinatown) and visual style (rotoscope animation).

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Making the film 'animated' creates a remove from the harshness of reality, like erecting a scrim between performer and audience, but it also makes for a certain glow.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Apart from the debut of appealing An Nguyen and a pet fish instead of a magic slipper, there's nothing particularly innovative here, and the film's seedy milieu ensures that it's anything but a kid-friendly fairy tale.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An adult fable told with childlike simplicity, Year of the Fish updates an ancient Chinese version of the Cinderella story with imagination, charm and just the right amount of sweetness.

Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Without the animation layered on top of the action, the film would be thoroughly lacking in dramatic interest.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.

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Bob Mondello

Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual style.

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Stan Hall

A re-imagining of Cinderella set in a massage parlor in New York's Chinatown, David Kaplan's film juxtaposes grime and exploitation with winsomeness and superstition.

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