Yimou Zhang يمو زانج

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Yimou Zhang (born 14 November 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted among the most famous of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers who brought increased popularity of Chinese...Read more cinema worldwide. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 1982 and worked as a cinematographer, followed by a lead actor role in the film "The Old Well" in 1985 which won him a Best Actor award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Zhang made his directorial debut in the 1987 film "Red Sorghum" winning him a Golden Bear for Best Picture at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988. He also directed "The Story of Qiu Ju" in 1992 and won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. His next epic film "To Live" won him the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. He directed the international hit film "Hero" in 2002, followed by "House of Flying Daggers" in 2004. Yimou Zhang was chosen to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, alongside co-director and choreographer Zhang Jigang in which he captured the theme of harmony and peace which he had explored and perfected in most of his films.



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  • Yimou Zhang (born 14 November 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China) is a Chinese film director, producer, writer and actor, and former cinematographer. He is counted among the most...Read more famous of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers who brought increased popularity of Chinese cinema worldwide. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 1982 and worked as a cinematographer, followed by a lead actor role in the film "The Old Well" in 1985 which won him a Best Actor award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Zhang made his directorial debut in the 1987 film "Red Sorghum" winning him a Golden Bear for Best Picture at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988. He also directed "The Story of Qiu Ju" in 1992 and won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. His next epic film "To Live" won him the Grand Jury Prize at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. He directed the international hit film "Hero" in 2002, followed by "House of Flying Daggers" in 2004. Yimou Zhang was chosen to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, alongside co-director and choreographer Zhang Jigang in which he captured the theme of harmony and peace which he had explored and perfected in most of his films.

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