An official trailer was released recently for a Chinese animated feature titled Big Fish & Begonia, which will be distributed theatrically here in the States by Shout! Factory’s Shout! Studios along with Funimation Films.
The movie is a fantasy adventure following a girl named Chun, who’s part of a mystical race who control the tides and seasons. To explore the human world she transforms into a dolphin, but it only leads to her and others being put in danger.
You can read much more about Big Fish & Begonia and watch the official trailer below.
Twelve years in the making, BIG FISH & BEGONIA is a visually stunning cinematic adventure that captures the unique aesthetics, mystique, and rich cultural traditions of ancient China. Directed by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang, the film entwines new storytelling, mythical legends, and lyrical characters from beloved Chinese literary classics. Already a great box-office success overseas,BIG FISH & BEGONIA is China’s foremost animated feature film. Many animation enthusiasts, artists and critics alike have heralded BIG FISH & BEGONIA’s artistic achievement as the forefront of the burgeoning Chinese animation industry. This highly-anticipated movie premiered in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, and has been selected to screen at New York International Childrenâ€™s Film Festival (February 23, 2018).
There is a mystical race of beings that control the tide and the changing of the seasons. But one of these beings, a young girl named Chun, wants to experience the human world, not simply observe it. When she turns sixteen, Chun is allowed to transform into a dolphin and explore the human world. However, she soon learns this world is a dangerous place. Chun is nearly killed in a vortex, but saved by a human boy at the cost of his own life. Moved by his kindness and courage, she decides to give the boy life again, but this power comes at a price. Chun will have to face adventure and sacrifice in order to protect the boyâ€™s soul until it is ready to return to the human world.
Both the original Mandarin version of the film with English subtitles and an English dubbed version will run in US theaters. The Mandarin cast includes Guanlin Ji, Shangqing Su, and Weizhou Xu, while the English dubbed cast includes Johnny Yong Bosch, Fong Sung, and Stephanie Sheh.
Big Fish & Begonia will be released in limited theaters beginning on April 6th.