A still from China’s first 3D animated IMAX film, Nezha, which has become the fourth highest grossing film in Chinese box office history. It is the feature film debut of its director, Yang Yu, known as Jiaozi (Dumpling).

The man behind Nezha, summer Chinese box office hit: they call him ‘Dumpling’ and he’s on a roll

  • A self-taught animator making his feature film debut at the age of 38, Yang Yu, known as Jiaozi, meaning ‘dumpling’, has seen a long-held dream come true
  • He toiled for six years on the film, and struggled for funding, yet it is the fourth biggest grossing in Chinese history and its run has just been extended
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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A still from China’s first 3D animated IMAX film, Nezha, which has become the fourth highest grossing film in Chinese box office history. It is the feature film debut of its director, Yang Yu, known as Jiaozi (Dumpling).
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.