Year of the Fish 

Reviewer's grade: B

 

You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a movie is narrated by a fish. In this Cinderella fable set in New York City's Chinatown, 17-year-old Ye Xian (An Nguyen) arrives from China, only to find herself a virtual slave in the employ of a massage parlor.

 

Enduring abuse by a vicious proprietor, Ye Xian receives help from a mysterious old crone. Writer/director David Kaplan lends the tale a hard-candied coating through rotoscoping animation. If "Year of the Fish" doesn't always live up to its promise of magic, its most successful moments reach near-splendor.

 

"?Phil Bacharach

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