Genres: Fantasy, Drama, Family
Particulars: Chinese film, English-subtitled
It was fascinating to watch The Secret of the Magic Gourd‘s main character (Wang Bao) because he reminded me so much of myself when I was a little kid: A dreamer and a daydreamer, adventurous, terrible at things like sports and games, always the last kid to be picked, not that popular, a loner most of the time but don’t start me to talking about one of my passions unless you’d packed a lunch.
I’m pretty sure I would have used the gourd the same way he did (not a good thing, haha).
By the end, not only had Bao learned one of the most important things a human needs to know in life, the magic gourd itself had learned something just as important about humans, if not more so. Nicely done!
For the heck of it, one day I’ll go back and watch the 1963 version.
Conclusion: Well worth an hour and a half of my time. Thumbs up!
(English trailer and poster)