McDull, Prince de la Bun
Hong Kong 2004
Directed by Toe Yuen.


Like the first McDull movie, this picture is a remarkable animated interpretation of Hong Kong. This time McDull and his kindergarten is smack in the middle of an urban renewal project and slated for the wrecking ball. His mother, meanwhile, is interested in planning her funeral, and wrote a story inspired by Harry Potter about McDull the Prince de la Bun, "a moronic child who grows into a moronic bloke." Incredible images of Hong Kong transformed into a fairytale landscape follows as McDull becomes the Bun Prince, then loses his way and grows up far from the palace on the poor side of town. The beautiful music and animation underscore the melancholy story, which is encapsulated in one line spoken by the young McDull: "My mother always thinks about the future and my father always thought about his past. I am all alone here in the present." Seemingly aimless and rambling for much of its running time, but once the movie quietly reveals its secrets, it becomes a heartbreaking work of thoughtful complexity. Voice work provided by Jan Lamb, Sandra Ng, Andy Lau, and Anthony Wong.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on March 16, 2005.


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