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Jennifer Yuh Nelson: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Thrives on Action | Variety

The soft-spoken, Korea-born director is the custodian of the most successful martial arts film series on earth, animated or otherwise.

Soft-spoken helmer thrives on movie action

Like the hero of the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise to which she has dedicated the last 12 years of her life, Jennifer Yuh Nelson believes in destiny.

Born in South Korea, the star DreamWorks Animation director moved to California when she was 4 years old. Raised by a family of artists, Yuh Nelson and her sisters sketched constantly, telling stories with pictures and holding competitive “draw-offs” around the coffee table. A quick learner, she picked up English — and a lifelong appetite for kung fu — in three months by watching TV, mostly cartoons and action movies.

“I’ve been watching things like ‘Master of the Flying Guillotine’ since I was 5,” says Yuh Nelson, referring to the bloody wuxia classic — not at all suitable for young viewers — in which an assassin roams the countryside decapitating his victims with a boomerang-style blade.

Now, nearly four decades later, Yuh Nelson is the custodian of the most successful martial arts film series on earth, animated or otherwise. That’s a big reason Nelson was the 2016 recipient of Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation honor. CalArts’ Maureen Furniss was also honored with Variety’s Creative Impact in Animation Education Award.

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Source: Jennifer Yuh Nelson: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Director Thrives on Action | Variety

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