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SIFF—Tea Pets
Date: June 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Kirkland Performance Center Map it
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA
Seattle International Film Festival | Tea Pets

China | 2017 | 98 minutes | Wang Gary

Popping off the screen with vivacious colors and beautifully composed action sequences, a group of tea pets—cute clay figurines that are good-luck charms for tea drinkers—embark on a magical animated adventure to find a fabled mystic.

You've seen tea pets before—those cute little clay figures you find on trays next to your daily kettle of boiling refreshment. Pour tea on them and watch them change color, or to see if your brew is hot enough. Ah Tang is one such figure, now living among a special collection of them in a local tea shop, but he rarely gets the pours he so desires. Why? He is unfinished, the final handiwork of a tea-pet master who, when tragedy struck, shuttered his workshop. An outcast among his own, Ah Tang's color will never deepen, his purpose incomplete. But fate intervenes when a mysterious orb-shaped robot crashes into the shop. The robot, whom the pets name Xiao Lai, claims it is from the future but otherwise has no memories of its homeland or the specifics of its creation. With nothing left to lose, Ah Tang joins Xiao Lai in an action-packed adventure through the city's underground tunnels and sewers, avoiding the wrath of henchmen rats and a feared thief named Flash on their journey to find the fabled Tree Hole Man, who will unlock the answers to their identities. Popping off the screen with vivacious colors and beautifully composed action sequences, Tea Pets rivals the best of Pixar, a deeply moving, exciting tale of finding yourself.

Director Biography

Wang Gary is the founder of the Chinese video sharing company Tudou.com. He is currently the founder of Light Chaser Animation Studios. Wang is also a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. He holds a Computer Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from INSEAD. Wang Gary is the screenwriter and director of Light Chaser Animation's first movie, Little Door Gods.

Sponsored by WASA North America Group, Hainan Airlines, Beijing Film Academy, Seattle Refined

Director:  Wang Gary 
Principal Cast:  Shi Lei, Yuan Zeyu, Ji Guanlin 
Premiere Status:  World 
Country:  China 
Year:  2017 
Running Time:  98 minutes 
Producer:  Zhou Yu, Ye Yuan 
Screenplay:  Wang Gary 
Cinematographers:  Liu Tianyi 
Editors:  Zhao Ji 
Music:  Guo Haowei 
Website:  Official Film Website 
Filmography:  Little Door Gods (2016) 
Language:  Chinese 
Has Subtitles:  Yes 
Format:  DCP