A beautiful visually told 15 minute long movie which seems to have fallen under most peoples radar.
A young man named Sheng faces his inner demons in the haunting but beautiful valley of white birds. While meeting an old man, a spirit of his former self and a big white bird he seeks to defeat.
It's a movie with a lot of symbolism and since there's no dialogue it's up to the viewer to come to their own conclusion to what the story is trying to say. Some may not like that but it opens up possibilities for discussion and I think there is some fun
in that. [7/10]
Art and Animation:
Coming from a small team of animators called Wolf Smoke Studio it's impressive how much time they've been putting on this project, both in terms of art and animation.
The art is phenomenal and some of the best I've ever seen and with it's great use of lightning and color it becomes a treat to watch. It simply looks beautiful and I would gladly have any scene of the movie as a painting in my room. [10/10]
Since the movie is visually told it's nice to see that they put a lot of time on the animation as well. It's really good with the characters movement being clean and very smooth, while also being stylized at parts. Overall it felt like watching a painting come to life and it was really pleasant to look at. [8/10]
It's a story about the main character Sheng's inner conflict but like with the story itself it's pretty vague what exactly that is and why he has it, which is what you are supposed to figure out yourself. His purpose is simply to tell the story so I don't really feel like there's a point in rating this category. [?/10]
Soothing and atmospheric the soundtrack fits very well to the calm but sometimes mystic and tense tone the movie is going for. Not something that will stick to your mind for a very long time but for what it is it's solid. [7/10]
I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. The art is like I said gorgeous and with it's warm colors felt nice to look at. The story although vague left doors open for interpretation which I can appreciate. It also helped that it was just around 15 minutes long so it never felt dragging. Overall I really enjoyed watching this. [8/10]
Bai Niao Gu (Valley of White Birds) is something I would recommend to most people that have 15 minutes to spare. I think it can be enjoyed by visuals alone, but if you like to be able to come to a conclusion on your own instead of having it hamfisted down your throat then I will definitely recommend this.
If you do want to watch it you can find it on Wolf Smokes YouTube channel.