Screened as part of NZIFF 2015

10,000 Years Later 3D 2015

Yi wan nian yi hou

Directed by Yi Li

Set in a spectacular post-apocalyptic world many thousands of years in the future, this riotously inventive, action-packed 3D animation epic from YiLi Studios in China is like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

China / New Zealand In English
97 minutes 3D DCP
content that may disturb, violence

Director

Producers

Yi Li
,
Rong Ma

Screenplay

Yi Li
,
Liu Yong
,
Nie Sheng-jie
,
Chen Jingxing

Photography

Liu Yong
,
Nie Sheng-jie
,
Chen Jingxing

Editors

Nie Sheng-jie
,
Dong You

Production designer

Wang Lu

Costume designers

Zhong Gui-lin
,
Liu Ping-ping
,
Er Lai Xiao

Music

Wei Xiao-han

With

Li Siru
,
Wang Chong
,
Zhou Ting
,
Wang Lu
,
Liu Dong-hong
,
Liu Ping-ping

The first fully CGI-animated film from China, 10,000 Years Later draws on a Tibetan fable about the dangers of technology, but technology is what it flaunts – in delirious outbursts of wildly inventive imagery.

Many thousands of years after the collapse of civilisation, the world is a post-tech wasteland inhabited by fantastical humanoid tribes. Peace is threatened by the return of an evil warlord, Wushen – a sinister shapeshifting manifestation of the evils of modern technology – who threatens to enslave all comers. The unlikely heroine is Zhuma, a ten-year-old girl accompanied by Zhanggong, her lion-esque Tibetan Mastiff dog. With the help of an ethereal goddess she must assemble a motley band of allies from the surviving tribes to stop Wushen from gaining control over an ancient power. The imagery is both surreally beautiful and mind-blowingly nightmarish – from a fantastic valley where broccoli grows like redwoods to a ravenous pack of skeletal dogs who hunt down our heroes. The awe-inspiring animation is complemented by striking sound work from POW! Post in Wellington in a first-of-its-kind China/New Zealand collaboration.