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Hua-Hua: A Flying Rooster

Charming, goodhearted kidpic is less interesting for airborne animals than for its observations of life in modern China. Voices in "Hua-Hua" are so artificially recorded, it might not hurt to dub a version for export, resulting in a warm reception from Saturday morning tube programmers.

Charming, goodhearted kidpic is less interesting for airborne animals than for its observations of life in modern China. Voices in “Hua-Hua” are so artificially recorded, it might not hurt to dub a version for export, resulting in a warm reception from Saturday morning tube programmers.

Story centers on young cousins, a girl in the big city and a boy in a mountainous rural area. The boy, called Little Doggy (Song Chen), has a pet chicken that flies and is as smart as Lassie. Both Doggy and rooster come to mean a lot to doll-like Yuanyuan (Yue Xie), suffering from hysterical blindness since her dad died. She’s also hooked on a kid’s radio show hosted by a self-help guru (Lingliang Zhou) who gets involved when the girl goes missing. Radio subplot touches on individuality and children’s rights — new twists in Chinese cinema. All thesps have great appeal, and the village scenes are full of rustic detail, but pic is marred by basic tech defects, including Ed Wood-level computer-animated flying scenes and laughably cracked subtitles — the best of which has an adult telling one young family member, “Your cuisine is coming to visit you.” Talk about finger-lickin’ good!

Hua-Hua: A Flying Rooster

China

  • Production: A China Film Group Corp. (Beijing) production, in association with China Children's Film Studio, the Movie Channel. Produced by Tong Gang, Sanping Han, Xiaming Yan. Executive producers, Zhongqiang Jin, Tao Jiang, Jun Huang. Directed by Jin Zhao. Screenplay, Zhao, Miaomiao Liu.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Zaixing Lei; editors, Qiang Zhan, Jianbin Yan; music, Zhe Wang; production designer, Ling Zhu, Shiguo Li; costume designer, Ying Ju. Reviewed at the Reel-to-Real Film Festival for Youth, Vancouver, March 8, 2002. Running time: 83 MIN.
  • With: <B>With:</B> Song Chen, Yue Xie, Min Tian, Xue Ju, Jin Zhao, Tong Xie, Lingliang Zhou.
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