Soon There Will Be Rain (Скоро будет дождь, 1959) by Vladimir Polkovnikov

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Soon There Will Be Rain
Coming Soon Will Be Rain
Скоро будет дождь
Skoro budet dozhd (ru)
Varsti sajab (et)
Logo haverá chuva (pt)
Giời sắp mưa (vi)

Year 1959
Director(s) Polkovnikov Vladimir
Studio(s) Soyuzmultfilm
Language(s) Russian
Genre(s) Comedy
Folklore & myth (non-Rus./USSR)
Literature (non-Rus./USSR)
Musical/Opera
Animation Type(s)  Drawn (cel)
Length 00:20:00
Wordiness 12.5
Animator.ru profile Ru, En
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Description:

The Lord of the Sky loses all the water on Earth in a chess match to Old Lady Drought, condemning all living beings to death. A little toad undertakes a journey to bring back the water. Based on a Vietnamese folk tale.

Immediately after the Autumn-Winter Border Campaign (1950), the Viet-Minh Front (or often calling itself as the Provisional National Government of Vietnam) sent many groups of youths to Moscow to study cinematographic techniques for serving the political propaganda work. "Soon There Will Be Rain" (Giời sắp mưa) was considered as a graduation exercise by a group of artists including Ngô Mạnh Lân, Lê Minh Hiền, Trương Qua. After completing the course, they returned to their country, which at that time was called the Democratic Republic of Vietnam or North Vietnam. Painter Lê Minh Hiền became the director of a newly established agency which was named Hãng phim Hoạt họa Việt Nam (the Vietnam Animation and Doll Studio, precursor of Vietnam Animation Studio JSC). In fact, it was just an old and small suite of one civil servant from the French protectorate period, with about 10 employees.

The main material of this film is the legend of "Toad Sues Heaven" (Cóc kiện trời) with a very famous children's rhyme "Toad is the Uncle of Heaven; Whomever challenges Toad must first challenge Heaven" (Con Cóc là cậu Ông Giời ; Hễ ai đánh nó thì Giời đánh cho). This legend was officially copied and edited by writer Nguyễn Huy Tưởng (1912-1960) right after the Geneva Conference (1954). The folk epic only told a simple story about the climate of Northern Vietnam in June every year, however, Nguyễn Huy Tưởng tried to install some forms of socialist realism to give the story a more "revolutionary" breath, in order to gain the confidence of the authorities at that time, as they were conducting activities to restrict democratic rights in the arts. Therefore, the story in "Soon There Will Be Rain" has a parallel meaning: The battle of the three armies (tác chiến ba thứ quân) - a method of combat that General Võ Nguyên Giáp used in campaigns Việt Bắc (1947) and Điện Biên Phủ (1954); the images of Old Man Heaven (Ông Giời) and Old Woman Drought (Bà Hạn) seemed to be a satire on the effectiveness of the French Union project and the role of State Chief Bảo Đại. Besides, in a's confrontation with the heavenly army it was easy to imagine the immortal saying by Hồ Chí Minh from the article "The Elephant and the Mosquito" (Con voi và con muỗi) in April 01, 1953: "Although today grasshoppers have to fight the elephant; But tomorrow the elephant will definitely be gutted" (Nay tuy châu chấu đá voi, nhưng mai voi sẽ bị lòi ruột ra). Under the coordination of composer Karen Khachaturyan, for the first time Vietnamese classical melodies were featured by a symphony orchestra: The Wind on the Bridge (Qua cầu gió bay), Twisting Thread Passing a Needle (Se chỉ luồn kim), Rice Drum (Trống cơm).

The production method from "Soon There Will Be Rain" continued to be deployed by the group of young Vietnamese artists in the first animated film of the Vietnamese revolutionary cinema: Worthy of the Sly Fox (Đáng đời thằng Cáo), 1960. This film was about two friends including Bear and Chicken. One day, Chicken was tricked and captured by Fox, so Bear asked the Wild Bees to help and beat Fox. In 1962, Vietnamese cinematographers decided to make the second part of "Soon There Will Be Rain": Story of the Jade Hares (Câu chuyện thỏ ngọc). The film told about how hares and animals in the forest defeated the evil snake who wanted to destroy the Mid-Autumn Festival. It was also the last North Vietnamese black-and-white animated film before the outbreak of the Vietnam War.

The first video link above seems to be AI-enhanced image quality, while the second is the original scan it seems to have been sourced from (some of the other copies of this video on Youtube have messy image stabilization, for example during the zoom at 9:32-9:27).

 

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1.Cynir

The transformation of Vietnamese language through word "Heaven" : Thiên 天 (classical times) → Blời (XVIII century) → Giời (XIX century) → Trời (XX century).


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2.Cynir

Story of the Jade Hares is an animated film produced by Vietnam Animation Studio in 1967. It is often considered a sequel to Soon There Will Be Rain. The film was released in a time when North Vietnam was facing many difficulties because of the widespread war, causing all basic cinema equipment to be very poor or lacking. The film is also a metaphor for the life situation at that time.

On the night of Mid-Autumn Festival, while the animals were dancing and singing happily, the Bear appeared and swallowed the Moon. The Hares, who are very shy, must now gather their friends in the forest to defeat the Bear and rescue the Moon. The film also partly explains the lunar eclipse phenomenon according to Vietnamese folk beliefs.

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<b>STORY OF THE JADE HARES</b>
- Subtitles by Duy Kiền -

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Scenarist : Công Vũ
Director : Hồ Quảng

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Main artist : Hữu Đức
Background artist : Phan Thị Hà
Composer : Trần Quý

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Animators : Đình Dũng, Thế Thiện,
Đặng Hiền, Sỹ Nhạc, Nghiêm Dung,
Dân Quốc, Thanh Bồng, Huy Đắc

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Camera operator : Duy Bích
Sound operator : Hoàng Việt

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Score by Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra
with conductor Trần Quý

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Producer : Xuân Phương
Technical assistants : Huy Đắc, Tô Ngọc Thành

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Vietnam Animation Studio
produced in Hanoi 1967

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That's really a robber.

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We must go to his lair
to get the moon back.

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Oops !

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He just ran into that way.

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Hurry up !

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I just saw a hare
running through this way.

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Do you dare to deceive me ?

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Oh !

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Mrs. Carp !

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The sly Fox's going to invite his relatives
to butcher all of you to prepare a party.

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Oh goodness !

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Is there any way
to save my family ?

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To live, you fight hard
to break the pot, plz !

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Then just follow the water
and crawl to the river.

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Gotta hurry !

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Mr. Fox !

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The carps have all escaped.

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Thanks, bro Hare !
Where are you going ?

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I'm hunting for Bear the bandit
to get the moon back.

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I hate Bear too, because
he often took our honey.

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Let me find him for you !

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Where are you going, brats ?

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We are looking for Bear, Sir.

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But I want to eat you now.

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We have committed to surrender
only to the king of the jungle.

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That's my title !

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Shouldn't there be a bolder one ?

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He's over there.

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If you are in doubt,
come see for yourself.

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He's sitting down there.

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If you are really brave,
so go down to inquire !

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Have you seen ?

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The king of the jungle
even asked to eat you.

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I must tear you apart !

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Who gave you permission to
come here and make such noise ?

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You little sissy !

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To be alone, you should
get out of our way now.

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Otherwise I'll beat you to death
then throw in the pit right away.

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Grrrm.

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I'm very hungry.

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Then do you want to be
trapped under this rock ?

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This brat has just
been locked up by us.

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Ask him, it's clear !

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But I'm still curious
to know inside that box.

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What's in your box
that just popped out ?

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This is it !

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It's the tail of one of your relatives.

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Check to see if his the same as yours !

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Ah !

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Are you going to run away ?

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Well then I'll pardon you.

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It's just that I'm sleepy now,
not because I'm afraid of you.

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Ah, here is little Bee !

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I found out Bear.

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(Bee whispers)

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This Bear is very healthy,

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so we must plan to kill him.

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Hey, Mr. Bear !

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Do you know who stole our moon ?

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What did you just say, you brat ?

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Do you have something
to feed me right now ?

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Of course !

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We have some honey to give you,

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but it's still down there.

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Kudos for your understanding !

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But where specifically ?

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At the foot of the mountain, Sir.

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If you want to eat, follow us !

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♫ We danced under the blue moon
♫ Then sing all across the sky

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♫ Look how beautiful the world is
♫ With the resounding of the flute

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♫ Let's sing and dance together
♫ To celebrate the rising moon

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♫ Let this country become
♫ More and more beautiful

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<b>THE END</b>
© Varhiv 2023


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