Parents' Guide to

The Lucky Dragon

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Awful voice acting makes this anime unwatchable.

Movie NR 2009 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Random is "I'll make gloves!"

The line from the movie that is quoted in PhantomVulpix's review has become our family's go-to phrase for when we just need to say something random. For that, I will always treasure this movie. Otherwise, it's awful.
age 18+

90 Confusing Minutes That We'll Never Get Back

okay. so, three of us (early twenties girls) sat down to watch this on netflix. we tend to enjoy poorly made movies. this seemed right up our alley. EVEN WE COULDN'T STAND IT. the only reason we even finished was because we'd spent enough time on it already. we were invested. the translation is abysmal. the voice actors didn't deserve to be paid. whoever was doing the subtitles made some subtle but important errors, resulting in the one swear word of the film. the plot......I'm still not really sure there was one. if there is, it was certainly well hidden. oh, and in two probably very important scenes close to the beginning, THERE WAS NO DIALOGUE. the character's mouths were moving, but we don't have a clue what was said. and it probably would have explained everything we needed to know. the ending was predictable and very abrupt. if you've seen Disney's Hercules, then you've already seen the end of this movie. we actually rather liked the animation, except during action scenes where it seemed a little jumpy. oh yes, and the single most random line of the whole thing, which we highly doubt was said in the original Chinese: "wait! come back! I'll make gloves!!"

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The difficulties of the already confusing plot are magnified by the listless, emotionless voices employed to translate this movie from Chinese to English. The female characters, in particular, sound like the absolute worst of B-movie actors. Given the current English version, it's impossible to imagine English-speaking families sitting through the movie without getting bored, confused, and annoyed.

In the opening credits, THE LUCKY DRAGON is titled, in English, "Unusually Lucky Person." This mistranslation of the title tells you everything you need to know about the next 90 minutes. The incredibly bad voice acting and the confusing translations of the script make this film practically unwatchable, in spite of the decent (if not great) animation.

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