Product: Lotus Lantern (DVD)
Authors: Chang Guangxi, Wu Yigong, Jin Guzai, etc.
Produced by Shanghai Animation Film Studio, 1999
DVD published by Shanghai Film Audio-Visual Publish House
Dubbing Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitle: Simplified Chinese Character, Traditional Chinese Character, English
Regional Code: FREE, ALL
The literal translation of the title of this animation is Precious Lotus Lamp.
Precious Lotus Lamp (Bao Lian Deng) is China's first Disney-style animated film. This film for the first time uses Chinese stars, recording the music and the dialogue first, completing the final artwork second.
Jiang Wen, China's most famous film star, dubs the voice of the hero Chen Xiang. Pop singers Jeff Chang, Liu Huang and Li Wen sing the theme songs.
More than 60 graphic designers, animators and 20 background artists painted 4,000 early samples, 150 thousand action pictures and 2,000 background paintings. First planning began in 1995, under Chang Guangxi -one of China's leading animation designers- director Wu Yigong and composer Jin Guzai. They traveled to remote areas gleaning rich domestic resource for folk and cultural background: Dunhuang Caves, Xi'an, Hua Mountain, Xishuangbanna and Ningxia Autonomous Region.
This animation is unique in Chinese film industry also in that it is one of the first adapted from the ancient legend of Chinese ethnic minority Yi who resides in the beautiful southwestern part of China.
The heavenly Goddess Scan Sheng Mu, in spite of the opposition of her brother God Erlang, descended to earth with Lotus Lantern, married the scholar Liu Yanchang and subsequently gave birth to a baby son named Chenxiang. The family lived a happy life. However, God Erlang threatened the Goddess to return the Lotus Lantern by kidnapping Chenxiang. In order to save her son, the Goddess had no choice but give out the Lantern, and was consequently put under the weight of the Mount Huashan. When the little boy Chenxiang heard from the land god his mother's misery for saving his life, he made a decision to rescue his mother. After Chenxiang succeeded in retaking the Lantern and fleeing the heavenly palace with the help of Ga Mei, he started right away to look for his mother. At the critical moment of the decisive battle, Chenxiang defeated God Erlang and saved his own mother with the magic power of the Lotus Lantern.
【配 音】姜文 徐帆 宁静 陈佩斯