Big Fish & Begonia trailer: A beautiful Chinese animation full of wonder

It has taken 12 years for the directors of Big Fish & Begonia to bring their vision to the screen but the huge box office success of the film in China has meant it will now get a release in the UK in a couple of months time. Check out the trailer above to see what you think.

In a world within our world, yet unseen by any human, the beings there control time and tide and the changing of the seasons. On the day Chun turns sixteen, she is transformed into a dolphin to explore the human world. She is rescued from a vortex by a human boy at the cost of his own life.

Chun is so moved by the boy's kindness and courage that she decides to give him life again. But to do this, she must protect the boy's soul, a tiny fish, and nurture it to grow. Through adventure and sacrifice, love grows, yet now she must release him back to the sea, back to life in the human world.

Directors Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun have struggled to gain funding ever since a brief flash animation of the story appeared in 2004 but their patience and persistence looks to have paid off.

Big Fish & Begonia swims into UK cinemas on April 18th.

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