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

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Animated film Nezha has become a cultural phenomenon in China. Having taken 390 million yuan (US$55.4 million) at the box office to date, the animated feature is the fourth most popular film to have ever screened in China, and not far behind Hollywood blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, which has taken 424 million yuan.The man behind the runaway success of Nezha, the first 3D animated feature film produced in China, is its 38-year-old director, Yang Yu, who goes by the name of Jiaozi, meaning …

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