Saturday, 30 June 2018
ANIME MOVIE REVIEW: BIG FISH AND BEGONIA
Big Fish and Begonia
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Running Time: 105 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
English 5.1 Stereo
Mandarin 2.0 Stereo
Mandarin 5.1 Dolby and English Subs
Due Out: 9/07/2018
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Every so often, the gods want to sample what it is like to walk among humans and see life from their perspective so they have a change from what they are used to. Chun has had her birthday and become sixteen and as is her right of passage, she is sent from the comfort of her home where humans are oblivious to them to explore the human world and report back what her findings are.
There is only one caveat for Chun to remember, she can walk among humans, but she can't interact with them as they will find out what she is. For her safety, Chun is turned into a dolphin so no human would know any different, but along the way she has an unfortunate accident where she is trapped in a vortex and thinks she might never survive.
A young boy rescues her, but doesn't survive his selflessness. Caught by how kind he has been, Chun uses her powers to bring him back to life and helps him grow to maturity, knowing that eventually she will have to let him go.
As it is a rite of passage story about a young girl who goes on a quest to discover who she really is and the power she has, she also realises she is not alone in the world and can no longer think that only she matters when there is a whole new world out there she needs to find and care about. Chun is the sort of character who has to view her world from a different perspective once the boy she rescues starts to care about her. It's not a love story in the true sense, it is more platonic than that, but has the same feel as one would expect from a love story.
Bonus Material: Making of Big Fish and Begonia Short (2004)
Summary: It is a high budget looking movie and one full of colour and detail and is rich in Chinese myth and wonder.