Deep Sea

Shen hai | Xiaopeng Tian | CN 2023 | 112 Min | DCP 3D

Under the sea, it looks—at least in this joyful, animated Chinese adventure—a bit like the characters and locations from Studio Ghibli have been drowned in it. Little Shenxiu finds herself in this world after a storm swept her off a cruise ship. Together with Nanhe, the chef of a deep-sea restaurant, she seeks out the mythical creature Hyjinx. The creature is supposed to help her find her mother, who has disappeared since the parents got separated. Bathed in impressionistic watercolor aesthetics, Deep Sea—especially its 3D version—is one of the most visually stunning movies in a long while. (mk)

Xiaopeng Tian
Tian, Xiaopeng is the founder of October Media, one of China’s first 3D animation studios. His feature debut, the fantasy adventure Monkey King: Hero Is Back (2015) was a box-office smash, grossing more than 150 million dollars. Deep Sea is his sophomore movie.
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Language OmeU
Cast Peng Dou
Writer Xiaopeng Tian
Editing Aner Lin
Cinematography Mazhiyuan Cheng