Big Fish and Begonia

Xuan Liang · Chun Zhang
China · 2016
In English · Recommended ages 8 to adult

In development for over a decade, this mind-blowing animated feature surpasses any toon China has produced to date in terms of sheer beauty and imagery – a procession of enormous whales swim through the skies, a tentacled creature ferries a girl across a sea of clouds, feline porters walk on their hind legs – while weaving a surreal and complex tale informed by Chinese myths and motifs. In a hidden world within our world, celestial beings are in charge of the tide and the changing of the seasons. One of these beings, a young girl named Chun, transforms into a dolphin as part of a coming-of-age ritual and enters the human world she has always longed to explore. When she falls into danger, a human boy named Kun saves her life, but gives up his own in the process. With the help of her childhood friend Qiu, Chun tries to revive Kun’s spirit in order to thank him for saving her.

Film also selected as feature film in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2017

WORLD PREMIERE (English Language Version)
In English
Xuan Liang & Chun Zhang, China, 2016, 105 min
Recommended ages 8 to adult

Meet Your Makers

  • Xuan Liang

    BIG FISH & BEGONIA Born in Liuzhou, China in 1982, Xuan Liang is an animation filmmaker and scriptwriter. In 2003, he left Tsinghua University to co-found the B&T Studio with his friend Chun Zhang, with dreams of making China’s best animation films. After that, they made a short called Big Fish & Begonia, which made […]
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  • Chun Zhang

    BIG FISH & BEGONIA Born in Ningbo, China in 1983, Chun Zhang is a filmmaker, animator and photographer. He studied Multimedia Art at the Academy of Arts & Design at Tsinghua University, where he co-founded the B&T Studio with his friend Xuan Liang. In May 2004, he and Liang made a short called Big Fish […]
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