Nezha is an action-comedy Chinese CGI animated movie based on a popular Chinese mythology character and has made over 700 million dollars in China, making it the second-highest-grossing movie in China. The movie is about a human boy, Nezha, born imbued with the demon bead, who is raised by a loving human family. The boy destiny is to either destroy humanity or be destroyed by the god when he turns 3. The family tries their best to change the boy fate and raise him well. The Spirit bead (the good spirit essentially), is imbued into a newborn dragon, as he tries to change the destiny for his family. The movie plot is interesting. A boy raised by loving parents but was born to naturally be evil, contrasted with the dragon who was born naturally good, but raised by dragons who does want him to do some evil deeds. It is easy to sympathize with both characters because they are not entirely evil or good, and have their reason for doing the things they do. Nezha is just a kid who was born as a demon, making everybody naturally afraid of him, when in reality he just wants to be accepted. The family and one of the gods try their best to make him go through the right path, but the kid natural nag for destruction and trouble-making does not help at all. Nezha is a giant brat, but he is just a kid who happened to have godly power. Sure, he can be unlikeable, but he was literally born that way and trying to change that, but nobody in the village wants to accept him. That being said, this movie has lots of comedy, so it’s not just action or inner conflict, as it has lots of scene of just him causing mishaps and trying to live a normal life, getting mentor by a fat god, try to be a hero, and then the climax. It’s a movie that goes from a somewhat light-hearted comedy with some grim darkness of a family trying to raise their kid right and prevent him from being killed to an all-out Chinese kung-fu action movie with god-like powers. The jokes in the movie was funny at times as I laugh a decent amount. Granted there a decent amount of jokes that did not land, but the crowd (which mainly consists of Asian people, most likely Chinese) laugh their ass off in this movie. So, it might be just a language and cultural barrier that made some of the comedy not work for me. An example of this is the old incomplete sentence gag, which most people are familiar with, like for example if I said that guy died, and then complete the sentence by saying he died of laughter as he was killing….the show, etc. You know the gag, and it did not work for me and it was a running gag, but the crowd did laugh at it, and it is just one of those things that do not work as well just due to language barrier. That being said, the physical slapstick is a universal language which for the most part did get me to laugh. The family was endearing as they tried to be the best parent they can be, given the circumstances. While Nezha is an uncontrollable walking disaster, you can see him wanting to change and be beloved by the people, and become a hero. The villain, the one born with the spirit bead was someone you could also sympathize as he is trying to defy the gods who discriminate against monsters and help his people. That being said the character feels conflicted with the decision he makes in the movie due to his inner goodness. This all culminates to a great action climax that was awesome. The CGI in this movie does belong in the theater and while maybe not Pixar level, it is still really great and have its unique touch. I just love the action in this movie with much Chinese mythology and artifact being used with Chinese kung-fu. Granted as awesome as the climax was, it does drag. The movie is less than 2 hours long, and you do feel the running time. It does not help that the big fight scene eventually take place in what feels like where the fight would end, but just keep going as a huge comedic scene. Which again the comedy is funny, but I wish they could have wrapped up the climax a bit faster personally, and maybe toned down the comedy a bit. Overall I had a fun time watching this movie and give it a B.
Dream: Gotta love Japan and their hate for reverse importing. As a deterrent to Japanese buyers trying to import Maquia for a cheaper price (since buying anime in Japan's costly enough), DVD releases of the movie lack a Japanese audio choice and the Blu-Ray...
Sept 9, 2019 21:33:08 GMT
Dream: ...release has the Japanese and English versions of the film on separate video tracks with English subtitles hard-subbed onto the Japanese video track. Something to keep in mind when choosing what format of the movie you wish to buy.
Sept 9, 2019 21:35:08 GMT
Jgames: I mean is blu-ray or go home Unless its an old anime then it is not worth getting it in blu-ray most of the time, with there being some exception. Also that news is really old, but hey that movie deserve more love.
Sept 10, 2019 3:27:05 GMT
Dream: Well, it's one thing to acknowledge if the movie only had an English dub for the DVD release. But the case for the movie says it has Japanese audio with English subtitles as an option. Misprinting error at its finest.
Sept 10, 2019 3:57:37 GMT
Dream: And I actually wasn't aware of the reverse import measures put in place for Maquia until I seen I had no choice to get Japanese audio on my DVD for it and researched online to find out why I could only get English audio on it.
Sept 10, 2019 3:59:22 GMT
Jgames: Could have sworn you was the one who a while back talk about Maquia dvd situation. But looking back, I am pretty sure it was TAKA. Also again Blu-ray > DVD...usually, there always random error in formatting and other weird stuff.
Sept 10, 2019 4:51:49 GMT
Jgames: Also need to finish proof reading my review for Nezha, a chinese cgi animated movie that made over 600 million dollar in china which is impressive. Also its on MAL so I am counting it as an anime. Saw it on IMAX 3d, like the movie, but a waste of extra 6
Sept 10, 2019 4:55:13 GMT
Jgames: dollar for essentially 3d subtitled. Also there was way more people in the theater for that movie, mostly asian people, with me being the only non-asian person, but not the only non-chinese person as my friend was vietnamese.
Sept 10, 2019 4:56:38 GMT
Dream: Regardless, looks like DVD distribution's going more and more by the wayside. Not as many of Funi's recent releases are in Blu-Ray/ DVD combo sets and Sentai and Rightstuf appear to have completely phased out DVDs as a format choice for anime release.
Sept 10, 2019 14:56:46 GMT
Jgames: Well yeah, easier on them. I mean yes DVD being a cheaper is definitely a big benefit, but more and more anime are just not looking as good in the DVD compare to the Blu-Ray due to trying to change format and incompetence.
Sept 10, 2019 20:07:50 GMT
Mono: DVDS phase out VHS tapes much faster than BDS do to DVDS. It's too bad, BDs' cost doesn't go down? Not sure if that's the reason. Anime markets - you see a lot of DVDS still especially at cons.
Sept 13, 2019 6:11:41 GMT
Dream: Well that's true. By 2000, DVDs sold enough to surpass VHS in sales and the format was eventually phased out all together by 2005. In comparison though, physical media formats seem to be stalling in sales since more people are getting their content online.
Sept 13, 2019 13:53:03 GMT
Dream: Granted in regards of anime, some distributors like Sentai and Rightstuf have totally phased out DVDs. But some like Funimation and Viz Media are still selling a number of their titles in DVD format via combo sets. But more people seem to like buying...
Sept 13, 2019 13:56:07 GMT
Dream: ...anime in a digital format via streaming services or owning the content to play at their leisure considering anime's more costly to buy physically than many mainstream movies and TV shows, especially from high-end distributors like Aniplex.
Sept 13, 2019 13:57:42 GMT
Dream: Well one interview's a bust. Turned down for one of the four jobs I recently interviewed for.
Sept 13, 2019 17:18:20 GMT
Mono: Oh I see. Though digital only content has its limits. I heard for some digital purchases, you don't own it realistically. For video games media, the digital item itself can expire. You cannot reinstall it should you delete it.
Sept 14, 2019 2:11:33 GMT
Dream: Gonna surmise as a piracy countermeasure, which doesn't surprise me.
Sept 14, 2019 17:31:57 GMT
Mono: Damn it, first Vinland Saga and now Blade of the Immortal. Bit of a coincidence with Amazon grabbing the mature historical fictional titles.
Sept 15, 2019 3:00:23 GMT
Jgames: Speaking of digital, I remember I used to be able to download video of any movie or tv show I purchased from Amazon, but then they took that service out which sucks imo. I mean there offline view, but I cannot technically own it now even though I bought it
Sept 15, 2019 6:22:35 GMT