Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Trailer for "Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms," Chinese Animation

Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms
They even include (tiny) English subtitles!
This is a 5 minute-long trailer for "Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms." It is a new Chinese animation feature coming to China in 2016.

That's about all I know about it, the website is in Chinese (go figure!).

It is quite colorful. Based strictly on the trailer - which is not enough really to form a judgment - the animation looks skilled and colorful, but not at the level of top Hollywood studios. However, compared to other Chinese animation, this is a Great Leap Forward.

It looks quite interesting, with a blend of classical Chinese legends (I'm assuming, I don't know them if so) and science fiction elements.

Anyway, the trailer is worth watching, even if you only want to see how the Chinese are doing these days in the animation field:

A little digging suggests the following (depending upon how good my translator was):
  • This trailer was released recently as a university/college graduation project
  • It was done by a university lecturer and his students 
  • The team is purely from China, nobody from Hollywood
  • The story about Jiang Ziya, "The Investiture of the Gods" set  in Shang dynasty and Zhou dynasty (before the third kingdom)
  • The animation was inspired by a recent archeological discovery that proved that Jiang Ziya is a real historical figure, not just legend/mythology
Pretty good for a university!

Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms


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