Year of the Fish Synopsis
A servant girl (An Nguyen) in New York's Chinatown receives an enchanted goldfish.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The film's unusual look lends a magical feeling.
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70

Film Threat

By Pete Vonder Haar
A sweetly engaging effort that manages a fair amount of charm and innocence in spite of the rather seedy surroundings.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Packs more sadness than the familiar fairy tale but offers its own fantastical delights. Ye Xian's party dress, made of teardrops, suits...
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67

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
An eye-opener for those unfamiliar with the tribulations many immigrants endure on their road to American citizenship. And yes, it is also...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
At its best, Year of the Fish makes a virtue of naivete - its heroine's, its director's, and the fragile fairy-tale belief that everyone...
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60

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Kaplan keeps the story breezy and brisk, and provides his down-to-earthily modern fairy tale with an appropriately other-worldly visual...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
David Kaplan's sweet, if superficial, fairy tale won't change the world, but it makes nice use of its setting (Chinatown) and visual style...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Too raw for kids and too simplistic for adults.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Has a certain weird charm, but it's too seamy for children and too simplistic played for adults.
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40

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Lovely to look at, Year of the Fish is an animated feature that pops off the screen like a goldfish leaping free of its bowl.
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Chinese Style Fairy Tale

By filmsareforever
I was taken by surprise by David Kaplan's short film masterpiece "Little Red Ridding Hood" at the New York Film Festival 1997. And while "Year of the Fish", Kaplan's first feature, also portrays a...

VERY GOOD

By JCORROCK
HAVE TOLD MANT PEOPLE TO GO SEE THIS MOVIE VERY REAL AND INTERESTING...

Awesome Indie Flick - check it out!

By FuzzyD
Year of the Fish was a super pleasant surprise! What a great indie movie...great acting, beautiful music and unique writing and rotoscoping....a must see....oh yeah and Hettienne Park kicks butt as...

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