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- Guanlin Ji
- Shangqing Su
- Timmy Xu
- Shulan Pan
- Yuanyuan Zhang
- Lifang Xue
- Jie Zhang
- Xiaoyu Liu
- Zhongyang Baomu
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- Both Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang's directorial film debut.
- Lingpo: What brings you to the Island of Souls?
- Chun: But I owe him, for saving my life.
- Lingpo: How very touching. I've been stuck here for 800 years, and I'm still not done paying penance for my sin!
- Chun: But you didn't...!
- Lingpo: Don't interrupt! Let me tell you what real tragedy is. Meeting someone you care about so much you forget yourself and make a mistake. So then you go back and try to fix it and make things right again, and then you learn that fixing it's impossible.
- Lingpo: We can never undo the wrongs we've done. This I know.
- Chun: You're saying you won't help me?
- Lingpo: I'm saying I pity you. Besides, resurrecting someone from the dead doesn't come cheap.
- Chun: What would it cost?
- Lingpo: No less than a lovely girl's loveliest features: your eyes.
- Chun: There's a soul I'm looking for: the soul of a human boy
- Lingpo: Now she's scared.
- Lingpo: Don't want to give up your pretty eyes, eh? All right, I'll take half your life instead.
- Chun: If that'll save him, take it.
- Lingpo: What time was it he died?
- Chun: It was two days before the wheat harvest.
- Lingpo: You need to be sure of the date. Otherwise you're searching for a needle in a haystack. So many die every day.
- Chun: I'm sure. It was my birthday.
- Lingpo: I know what you're trying to do, girl, and it goes against the laws of nature!
- Chun: I don't care. I've got to save him!
- Lingpo: The punishment is harsh for those who defy nature, no matter who you are, so you *should* care.
Atom User Reviews
This movie touched my core and definitely moved me to tears. Wonderful perspective!
While the end result may not quite reach the heights that Miyazaki has regularly hit during his amazing career, it is nevertheless a worthy effort, filled with visuals that frequently dazzle the eye even if the story is more likely to inspiring the scratching of heads instead.
Where Miyazaki’s wisdom kept his prodigious imagination in the service of intimacy, “Big Fish” is daringly, if haphazardly, epic with its vision and feelings. The urge to awe may feel self-conscious at times, but it’s rarely not heartfelt, even when it’s skirting the edge of incomprehensible.
In the sly exchanges between the teenage protagonists and their elders, the film reflects a nation's shifting tides.