learn Chinese through Chinese Movie- July 2016
- 大鱼海棠 “dà yú hǎi táng ” （2016-07-08）
大鱼海棠（ in pinyin: dà yú hǎi táng
English translation: Big Fish & Begonia
Director: Liang Xuan Zhang Chun
Cast: Ji Guanlin、Su Shangqing、Xu Weizhou、Jing Shih-chieh、Yang Ting、Pan Shulan Country: China
Year Released: 2016
The film is directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun. The story was inspired by a myth from the ancient Chinese Taoist classic Zhuangzi. The film also integrates many stories from other Chinese classics such as Classic of Mountains and Seas and In Search of the Supernatural. “Our dream is to make a heart-touching animation film, which will bring teenagers power of love and faith.”
Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun spent many difficult years together on the project. It began when they made a short flash animation called Big Fish & Begonia and put it online in May 2004. The film was well acclaimed and they decided to make it into a feature-length film, forming B&T Studio in 2005. Bi’antian(Beijing) culture co., LTD. (B&T), which is founded on March 3, 2005. Liang Xuan, the film's writer founded B&T Studio with his friend Zhang Chun from Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, soon after he dropped out from thermal energy and power major of Tsinghua University when he was only 21. However, they couldn't get funding for the film until 2007, when a small amount of money finally came in.
The two immersed themselves in the project, but the money quickly ran out. They finished the script in 2009, but, despite the fact that many investors were interested in the fantasy world made up for the film, no one believed that such a film could sell on the market. The project was filed away for several years and revived after Liang posted on Weibo in June 2013, China's microblogging website, asking for help and spreading word of the film.