In Mandarin with English & Chinese Subtitles
Director: John Chu & Frankie Chung
Cast : Zhu Qilong, Gigi Leung
RunTime: 1 hr 25 mins
Released By: BVI
Official Website: www.hulumimi.com.cn
Opening Day: 6 September 2007
The Magic Gourd is an adaptation of a beloved Chinese novel
written by one of the most celebrated authors of children
literature in China, the late Zhang Tianyi.
on the acclaimed children's novel in China, The Magic Gourd
presents a modern spin on the beloved fairy tale.
revolves around Wang Bao, a schoolboy who dreams of achieving
great things but often lacks the dedication to realize anything.
His quixotic persona has made him the laughing-stock at school.
grandmother loves to tell a bedside story to Wang Bao and
his sister: a legend about a Magic Gourd possessing magical
would grant its mater anything he wishes. Wang Bao, though
always wished he could have done one to make him popular at
day, while Wang Bao is fishing at a lake near his home, the
mythical Magic Gourd surfaces from the bottom of the pond
and Wang's life is changed forever! With his secret personal
wish fulfillment being in his pocket, Wang soon transforms
from zero to hero as he excels in class and
at sports overwhelming his friends and thus earning the admiration
he long desires.
Wang soon realizes that having Magic Gourd may not be as blissful
as he thinks, as it soon lands him into a series of hilarious
misadventures. When the Gourd's presence continues to turn
his world upside down, Wang struggles with a dilemma: Should
he continue to reply on Magic Gourd to satiate his needs,
or is he capable to become a hero of his own?
The plot is almost silly: A magic gourd which talks and grants
whatever wishes you have? Come on, kids nowadays are more
intelligent to buy this load of make-believe. But there is
also something idealistically engaging about thick Mainland
Chinese production which will appeal to the kid in you.
on a novel, the digestible 85-minute movie tells the story
of a boy who discovers a magic gourd which can do anything
he wants it to. And kids being kids, all sorts of requests
start coming in, to some disastrous results. If you don’t
already know by now, the Disney-produced movie has an educational
message to tell.
cutesy picture brings live action and animation together quite
decently to appeal to the younger viewers. There are some
imaginative and adorable sequences which involve fishes, chess
pieces, a ferocious dinosaur and an army of toys. Just don’t
step into the theatre expecting Pixar standards.
magic gourd is a somewhat awkward creation, with its mouth
smacked in the middle of its belly, but Chinese voice actor
Chen Pei Si (who also voiced Edna Mode and Mushu in China’s
version of The Incredibles and Mulan) brings life to the delightful
character with enough zest.
watch out for Gigi Leung’s otherwise bland performance
as a Mathematics teacher who manages to make us giggle in
amusement whenever she recites lines which are oh-so-righteous.
Child actor Zhu Qi Long (whose biggest screen credit is in
Jet Li’s Fearless) gives an earnest performance as a
kid who, well, just wants to be happy.
are certain sequences which will remind you of other Disney
flicks like Toy Story and Dinosaur, but of course, not as
excitingly rendered and played out as the American versions.
by John Chu and Frankie Chung (who worked as the visual effects
supervisor on Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu), this wholesome
family movie is obviously targeted at the younger audience,
that is, unless, you do not understand moral issues like having
to work for what you want in life.
( The harmless movie is a good learning tool for the
young ones, while keeping them suitably entertained)
Review by John Li