Xiao Qian

Title:Xiao Qian
A Chinese Ghost Story: The Tsui Hark Animation
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A Chinese Ghost Story is a movie that follows a young man named Ning. After the loss of his girlfriend he works as a debt collector to forget his troubles only to encounter more than he had imagined. Accompanied by his constant companion Solid Gold, Ning ends up in a ghost town and from there the adventure ensues. This movie explores some of China`s myths and fantasies as the viewer is taken through a world of drama, romance, and battles between good and evil.
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95-minute Chinese film released on July 31, 1997.
Animated by Triangle Staff.
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Watch 6 9 5 6 6 Ggultra2764 [series:3164#1552]
Oy, this baby's shown its age. Xiao Qian's perhaps the first Chinese animated title I've had the chance to sample in its focus on a debt collector named Ning finding himself in a ghost town populated by demons and spirits, encountering a beautiful spirit and dealing with various predicaments in his time within the town such as encountering spiritualists desiring to slay the beautiful spirit he grows to fall for, another beautiful spirit trying to steal his soul and demons trying to consume him. The movie dabbles into quite a bit of Eastern spiritualist and supernatural lore in showing off its world, though the story is a bit on the simple side as it felt geared to kids at points and the movie is not always clear on what the motives of other characters in the movie besides Ming and his love interest are leading to quite a bit of sloppy storytelling. While animation is consistently fluid throughout Xiao Qian's run, the character designs looked a bit cheap with their crude and simple details and the CG animation the movie employs to attempt showing off its supernatural world has not aged too well as the low detail of the animation employed by Triangle Staff sticks out like a sore thumb and is rather crude in quality compared to more modern implementations of the technology. While an immersive experience for its time due to its aesthetic presentation, Xiao Qian's visuals do not hold up well today and the storytelling is too simple and sloppy to engage me to the movie's plotting. For my first Chinese animated film, this is a rather forgettable title.

Last updated Friday, March 04 2016. Created Friday, March 04 2016.

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