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vintage chinese animation

by junixu
vintage chinese animation by junixu
I’m hoping for this list to grow as I come across more 1960s-1980s animations produced in China, and as Mubi expands its database. For now, films will be posted below. *Note: The films that contain dialogue are not dubbed or subbed in English. However, my descriptions do contain links to back-stories that should sufficiently supplement the films and make them enjoyable to view even if Mandarin’s not in your repertoire. Mr. Nan Guo/南郭先生 (1981) Produced using paper-cutout technique, this short is based on a proverb and story about an incompetent and shrewd yu player of an imperial orchestra. The art direction, colour choices, and character… Read more

I’m hoping for this list to grow as I come across more 1960s-1980s animations produced in China, and as Mubi expands its database. For now, films will be posted below.

*Note: The films that contain dialogue are not dubbed or subbed in English. However, my descriptions do contain links to back-stories that should sufficiently supplement the films and make them enjoyable to view even if Mandarin’s not in your repertoire.

Mr. Nan Guo/南郭先生 (1981)
Produced using paper-cutout technique, this short is based on a proverb and story about an incompetent and shrewd yu player of an imperial orchestra. The art direction, colour choices, and character gestures are tantalizing to watch. The dialogue is methodical, poetic, and dotted with subtle humour that plays with the shortcomings and pitfalls of social instincts.
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A Deer of Nine Colours/九色鹿 (1981)
The plot of this mesmerizing 25-minute film was based on a fresco painting (one of many) in the caves of Dunhuang, which adapted the Ruru Jataka (early Buddhist tale of the golden deer). The original story may help for those who aren’t Mandarin speakers/listeners. Either way, it’s well worth a watch if only for the visual experience alone!
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