Nezha Conquers the Dragon King 哪吒闹海 (1979)

  • Animation, UK Premiere
  • 1h 1m

UK Premiere

2K Remastered

Part of a curated section, “Shanghai Animation Film Studio Retro”.

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The film is an adaptation of a Chinese myth (detailed in the epic fantasy novel Investiture of the Gods) about the warrior deity Nezha. After a gestation period of three and a half years, Lady Yin, the wife of General Li Jing, gives birth to a flesh ball, which becomes a lotus flower, from which Nezha is born. Nezha is born able to walk and talk, and is taken on as a student of the immortal Taiyi Zhenren.

The Dragon Kings of the Four Seas, tired of being peaceful, have become cruel and destructive, plaguing China with destructive storms and a drought. The people beg for rain, but the East Sea Dragon King Ao Guang ignores them, telling the yaksha Ye Sha to go and find children for him to eat. Ye Sha captures one of Nezha’s friends as he is bathing by the ocean, and Nezha confronts him, injuring him badly. Ao Guang sends his third son, Ao Bing, next. Ao Bing is killed by Nezha, infuriating Ao Guang.

Festival Du Cannes Out of Competition screening in 1980.

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Director

Wang Shuchen

Director

Yan Dingxian

Director

Xu Jingda

Producer

Liu Guimei

Screenplay

Wang Wang

Composer

Jin Fuzai

Cinematography

Duan Xiaoxuan

Editor

Li Kaiji

Language

Chinese

Subtitles

English

Country

China

Studio

Shanghai Animation Film Studio

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