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China

Program Title: Nezha Conquers the Dragon King; Jiazi Saves the Deer; Bell on a Deer (Chinese version)
EASC Code: CN-04
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Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
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Subject: Animation, Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: A Chinese animation dating from the end of the '70 isn't something very easy to find. It's not that China never produced animation but few make their way out of the Republic and those that do appear in film festivals usually do not receive the same attention than their Japanese counterpart. However, Nezha Conquers the Dragon King has managed to seduce the audience when it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, and the critics considered it bright in color, elegant in style, and rich in imagination. The film was given the outstanding Film Prize in 1980 and the Special Prize at the Second Manila International Film Festival in 1982. I was dubbed in many languages however, those versions are nearly impossible to find today. The character of Nezha has frequently appeared in Chinese Mythology and ancient Chinese Literature and the animation Nezha Conquers the Dragon King tell the story of one of these Chinese legend. If I need to make a comparison with a more modern animation, it is difficult to not see some parallel between this story and Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998). The base themes are similar in many ways with a story involving a tiny child that mature right before their birth, are determined and possess supernatural powers who have to vanquish an enemy who oppress the local population.
Data Entry Date: 3/29/2000