Jiang Ziya is dominating the Chinese box office, while making smaller inroads into North America’s shaky theatrical market. If seeing it in a cinema isn’t an option, you can make do with the next-best thing: these behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Encore Films, Jiang Ziya’s Singaporean distributor, has released a collection of promotional spots packed with interviews with cast and crew. One video focuses on the film’s themes and animation production, while another delves into the voice acting.
The videos offer English-speaking audiences a rare insight into the production of a tentpole Chinese animated feature. We’re shown production materials — turnarounds, storyboards, etc — and a glimpse of a testy dailies session. Li Wei, one of the film’s two directors, comments briefly on the film’s eye-popping 2d sequence.