In an old mythical world, there reside spirit-like beings who oversee the natural order of the mortal realm. One of them, a young girl named Chun, has just come of age and must undergo her rite of passage by experiencing the human world for herself. While there, she gets caught in a fishing net during a storm and is rescued by a human boy.
However, the boy ends up drowning during the incident, and Chun returns to her realm full of guilt. Afterwards, she meets the Soul Keeper and decides to revive the boy in exchange for a part of her lifespan. Little does she know, meddling with the natural order of the world has severe consequences.
Da Yu Hai Tang is a story about sacrifice and redemption as Chun comes to terms with the limitations of her powers and deals with death, love, and her own emotions. She must decide if she will sacrifice everything to save the human boy or forsake her moral obligation for the order of the world.
Finally watched this movie after I lost the name a year ago and found it again last week. I got to know about it because it's a collaboration between a Chinese studio and the Korean studio that made Korra.
The art and animation are next level revolutionary. The character designs, flora and fauna, music, voices and everything visual are like endless orgasm for your eyes. You can see the Korra and Ghibli influences in it. I loved it. BUT it was a real real pity - the entire film happened too fast, it was one tragedy to another in minutes, too many characters that seemed
important but were never or sparingly expanded on or explained. The girl made her decisions too fast without a period for developing her feelings to a realistic intensity. A lot of things happened that were hard to understand and messy. They missed out the opportunity to present and explain the beautiful world and concept they created for the movie. It felt like they tried to cram in too many emotional scenes to the point they some of them didn't feel emotional anymore. Not to mention the two main characters probably died and revived 3 times throughout the movie.
Could have been a 10/10 film if not for the very bad presentation/execution. It was really the amazing art that saved it. I still recommend it cuz I think it's worth the watch for the art.
I made an account on here just to write a review for this, since no one else has! This is such a beautiful movie. In my opinion (and I know not many will agree with me but whatever), this by far surpasses any Ghibli movies, as well as Kimi no na wa. Of course there were a few things it could have done better, but honestly, everything was too superb for me to notice many flaws at all.
Art: 10/10. Literally so gorgeous. The vibrant colors and scenery were incredibly majestic and stunning, and the whole time I felt completely immersed. Not to mention, all of
the characters were super well done. The men were really attractive, which is a plus for me, but in general -- everyone had their own little quirks about them instead of being bland and repetitive.
Animation: 9/10. I would give it a 10/10, just for being so smooth and extremely well done, but the use of cgi at some points was a bit annoying. Even so, the studio still managed to meld it together without it being too standoffish. It was unique, if anything, so I had almost no problems with it.
Story/Plot: 10/10. I might be sounding super biased, but honestly, I've never seen such a well done plot revolving around reincarnation, and the concept of life. It's perfect to me, and because I was raised around this type of belief, it really hits home to see something depicting it in such a way.
Voice acting: 8/10. There were some parts - especially towards the beginning of the movie where I was not yet used to the voices - that I felt the emotions were not being portrayed as powerfully as they should have been, and were lackluster. But overtime I was able to adapt quickly to it, and throughout the movie it almost felt like the voice actors themselves grew, as I was hearing much more depth in the tones they were taking on. I did, in particular, really enjoy Chun's older voice. Very wise sounding (as she should be, after all she went through).
Soundtrack: 10/10. I loved it. It's not too over the top, yet still very impactful. There were no scenes where I felt that the ost was out of place.
Characters Development: 8/10. I didn't see much of this with Chun, honestly. She seemed to stay the same throughout the whole movie, and I didn't feel like she grew very much. Qiu, on the other hand, went through a heck of a lot of development. He was somewhat selfish at first, caring more about what would happen to Chun than listening to what Chun herself actually wanted, and then ended up sacrificing quite a bit for her wishes nearer to the end.
Overall: Deep storyline, beautiful message, and lots and lots of much appreciated heartwarming feels. To me, it was perfect, and I will most definitely be re-watching this again.
I recently watched Da Yu Hai Tang, without expecting too much from it.
It looked like an ordinary average anime, but it was surprisingly good.
At the beggining I thought it was good, I enjoyed, but then it began to be more and more interesting by the passing of the minutes.
The anime had a lot of suspense and a lot of emotional scenes.
Why I think the anime is really good?
1.Story - The story was very well made, not the usual boring story like in almost all anime, it's something different, and this is a good thing.
2.Art - The art wasn't quite a masterpiece, but it was good
enough, it looked like in most anime movies.
3.Sound - I really loved the soundtrack. It's a different soundtrack than the usual one in all anime, that add more emotion to the scenes, it makes the experience 10 times better.
4.Character - The characters art is like in every ordinary anime movie, but the personalities makes you to fall in love with them, and when they cry you cry with them too, every emotion they feel you'll feel the same emotion with them, they are made in a way that makes you think that you are a part of the story.
5.Enjoyment - In my opinion, for me the enjoyment was 10/10. I have no objections here. The plot was made in such a manner that made me to not take my eyes from the action not even for a second.
6.Overall - Just the art was the only thing that made the anime looked at first sight like a very ordinary anime, but the other things made it very different in a good way, so I guess for an overall, it could simply be a 10.
This is my personal opinion on why this anime is so good. I highly recommend this anime to everyone who wants to watch it.
Hi, this is a very negative review of Big Fish and Begonia.
I'm only writing this because I seem to disagree with all the other reviews, so a different point of view might be interesting to read.
Keep in mind that this is a conversation, please do not randomly get offended.
So, here is why not only did I not like Big Fish and Begonia, but this movie actually made me seriously angry :
STORY AND CHARACTER : 3, POOR.
The plot is a generic seemingly harmless come of age story about a strong girl who thinks out of the box and follows her
First problem : IT'S CONTRADICTORY AND MESSY.
The story is clumsily told which is counter productive. I'll come back to the main character's problem later but, for example, it is so clumsily written that a scene that was supposed to be poetic and emotional became hilarious (cf the worst love confession scene ever).
Also, it is messy : there is no main thread to the story, it is a patchwork of random characters who just do things because... reasons...
For example, there was no need for a villain in this story, and yet one appeared out of nowhere with some random macguffin, and disappeared just as quickly without adding anything to the story. When you want villains in your movie, you have to make them relevant and important : first, give them screen time ; second, set up and pay off their evil plan ; third, conclude their story ; fourth, give them a motive that might add something to the main meaning of the whole movie. Otherwise, what was the point ?
Second problem : LAZY PLAGIARISM.
The main character's arc, her chara design and even some of her expressions (especially the strong willed serious girl expression) were copy-pasted from Miyazaki's classic main characters... without even understanding Miyazaki's work.
How to know the difference between lazy cash-grabby plagiarism and sincere inspiration ? Well inspiration tries to bring something new to the original material, like an hommage. For references, go watch Disney's Lion King (kind of a remake of Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion, which they still could have been courteous enough to mention in the opening credits though), or Lu Over the Wall (which was heavily influenced by old american cartoons and Miyazaki (and especially Ponyo)).
Third problem : THE GIRL IS A SELFISH ASSHOLE.
The main character is a selfish asshole who never learns from her mistakes. Also, nothing anyone does has real consequences, which doesn't help. So she endangers her whole village, actually gets some important people killed and goes "Whatevs, Imma follow mah dreams". How poetic ! Like I said, blind plagiarism is counter productive.
Worst of all, she never encounters any real obstacles and everybody just want to sacrifice their lives for this selfish moron, especially her best friend (well, love is blind...) and her grandfather. Her body count is pretty amazing.
And even SPOILER ALERT when she finally tries to sacrifice herself to make amends for what she has done, the best friend takes her place... and she goes "okay thanks" and shrugs it off, so she really did learn nothing.
Personal suggestion : WANT AND NEED. What this girl needs is a slap in the face and a reality check. This is actually an important point when creating a classic come of age story. The girl wants something, she discovers that what she needed was actually something else. Example : Chihiro doesn't want to move to a new house and wants to go back home. Through a scary and magical journey, she learns that what she actually needs is the strength to face change, for life is ever changing and that is what makes every moment beautiful. And by the way even the comedic subplot about Yubaba's perpetual baby who is accidentally freed from his overprotective mother and faces the outside world actually adds to the meaning of the story. Get it, movie ? That's just how well thought out Miyazaki's work is ! Try to understand what you plagiarize, at least !
Fifth problem : WASTED POTENTIAL.
The girl's best friend was original and had amazing potential... what a shame ! He is energetic and friendly but also violent and jealous. Every time he appears, the scene starts with something breaking. This is a brilliant idea ! Which was just completely dropped partway through. SPOILER ALERT the kid stays nice and even sacrifices himself for the girl without ever becoming a real threat. What was the point ?
ART : 5, MEDIOCRE
First problem : LAZY PLAGIARISM.
For example, the scene with Yubaba - hem, sorry, the Guardian of Souls : the old man is introduced in a sort of litter carried by cats. This was exactly the same type of animation as Howl's Moving Castle for the evil witch, (with a tinge of Ghibli's Neko no Ongaeshi)... except the old man is INSIDE a palace. Seriously. Grow a brain, movie. And then the guy reaches for his grasshopper cigarettes with the same movements as Yubaba and the whole scene was reminiscent of Yubaba's deal.
Same with the volume of clothes and the way they catch light (cf scene with water and fire camp) which were exactly Miyazaki's style and animation.
All that was missing was his enormous tears, expressive cat-like hair and big eyed weird creatures.
Did you think your audience was blind ? Well... you were probably right, seeing how well you are rated.
Second problem : BAD ASSOCIATIONS.
-The chara designs were clumsy : your main character is supposed to be the focal center both in the scenario and in the frame. The girl's design blended too well with her surroundings. The chara design that was actually the center of attention was the best friend's. Which added to the girl's general blandness.
-The 3D was disgustingly bad and badly integrated in the landscapes.
-Mixing cartoon-Tezuka-ish flashy dolphins with realistic enough humanoid characters just felt really silly and broke the poetic atmosphere it was aiming for. For once you should have plagiarized Miyazaki's creatures a bit more.
SOUND : 5, MEDIOCRE.
I don't remember it... Must have been pretty generic, then.
ENJOYMENT : 1, PATHETIC.
I wasn't even bored or disappointed : I was seriously disgusted and angry.
Lazy cash-grabs should not be rewarded.