Zhang, Yimou
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Yimou Zhang

[ Zhang, Yimou ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 張芸謀
Family name: Zhang
Country: China
Birth date: Wednesday, November 14, [64 years old]
Birth place: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Bio
From his directorial debut, "Red Sorghum" (1987), which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, ZHANG Yimou (Director, Co-Writer, Producer) has established his reputation as one of the world’s great film masters.

Zhang Yimou was born in China in 1950 and studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy. He became a leading member of China’s Fifth Generation Filmmakers, the first group to graduate following the turbulent Cultural Revolution. He is also an accomplished actor, earning the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his performance in "Old Well" (1986). Before becoming a director, Zhang Yimou was an exceptional cinematographer with credits including "Yellow Earth" (1984), "Old Well" (1986), and "The Big Parade" (1986).

Zhang Yimou has received multiple honors as a director. He is the first Chinese filmmaker to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category for "Ju Dou" in 1990, "Raise the Red Lantern" in 1991, and "Hero" in 2002. He has earned numerous accolades around the world, including two Golden Lions and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize at the 47th Cannes Film Festival for "To Live" (1994), the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for "The Road Home" (1999), and the Alfred Baur Award for "Hero" (2002).

Zhang Yimou has had amazing success with actors over the years. Many performances in his movies have won awards and he is known to work with the same actors time and time again. Actresses Gong Li and Ziyi Zhang have given their greatest performances under his direction.
Trivia
  • Attended the Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China
  • Part of China's Fifth Generation of filmmakers, who began making films after the Cultural Revolution. Others from this group include Chen Kaige and Jinzhan Zhang.
  • Dated actress Li Gong. [1987-1995]
  • A former photographer
  • Member of the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1993
  • Chief director of opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.
  • Jury president of 2007 Venice Film Festival.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2001 Da zhai men
  • 1997 You hua hao hao shuo
  • 1990 Qin yong
  • 1988 Hong gao liang
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 1994 Hua hun
  • 1987 Da yue bing
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 1985 Huang tu di
  • 1983 Yi ge he ba ge
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2000 Turandot in the Forbidden City of Beijing
  • 1982 Hong xiang
  • 2010 Cinema 3
  • 2009 NHK supesharu
  • 2009 Beijing
  • 2009 Shi jie dian ying zhi lv
  • 2007 Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
  • 2005 The 11th China Movie Awards
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2004 The Culture Show
  • 2002 Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero
  • 2000 The Turandot Project
  • 1996 Primer plano
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1993 Arena
  • 2008 Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián
  • 2007 Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia
  • 2007 Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires
  • 2005 Cinema mil
As a director:
  • 2012 13 Flowers of Nanjing
  • 2010 Shan zha shu zhi lian
  • 2009 San qiang pai an jing qi
  • 2008 Beijing 2008 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony
  • 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 2000 Xingfu shiguang
  • 2000 Wo de fu qin mu qin
  • 1999 Yi ge dou bu neng shao
  • 1997 You hua hao hao shuo
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1995 Yao a yao yao dao waipo qiao
  • 1994 Huozhe
  • 1994 Hua hun
  • 1992 Qiu Ju da guan si
  • 1991 Da hong deng long gao gao gua
  • 1990 Ju Dou
  • 1989 Daihao meizhoubao
  • 1988 Hong gao liang
  • 2012 13 Flowers of Nanjing
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 1997 Long cheng zheng yue
  • 1994 Xi chu bawang
  • 2001 Da zhai men
  • 1997 You hua hao hao shuo
  • 1990 Qin yong
  • 1988 Hong gao liang
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 1994 Hua hun
  • 1987 Da yue bing
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 1985 Huang tu di
  • 1983 Yi ge he ba ge
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2000 Turandot in the Forbidden City of Beijing
  • 1982 Hong xiang
  • 2010 Cinema 3
  • 2009 NHK supesharu
  • 2009 Beijing
  • 2009 Shi jie dian ying zhi lv
  • 2007 Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
  • 2005 The 11th China Movie Awards
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2004 The Culture Show
  • 2002 Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero
  • 2000 The Turandot Project
  • 1996 Primer plano
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1993 Arena
  • 2008 Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián
  • 2007 Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia
  • 2007 Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires
  • 2005 Cinema mil
As a producer:
  • 2012 13 Flowers of Nanjing
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 1997 Long cheng zheng yue
  • 1994 Xi chu bawang
  • 2001 Da zhai men
  • 1997 You hua hao hao shuo
  • 1990 Qin yong
  • 1988 Hong gao liang
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 2007 Chacun son cinéma ou Ce petit coup au coeur quand la lumière s'éteint et que le film commence
  • 2006 Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
  • 2005 Qian li zou dan qi
  • 2004 Shi mian mai fu
  • 2002 Ying xiong
  • 1994 Hua hun
  • 1987 Da yue bing
  • 1986 Lao jing
  • 1985 Huang tu di
  • 1983 Yi ge he ba ge
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2000 Turandot in the Forbidden City of Beijing
  • 1982 Hong xiang
  • 2010 Cinema 3
  • 2009 NHK supesharu
  • 2009 Beijing
  • 2009 Shi jie dian ying zhi lv
  • 2007 Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
  • 2005 The 11th China Movie Awards
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2004 The Culture Show
  • 2002 Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero
  • 2000 The Turandot Project
  • 1996 Primer plano
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1993 Arena
  • 2008 Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián
  • 2007 Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia
  • 2007 Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires
  • 2005 Cinema mil
(misc crew):
  • 2007 Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD
  • 2000 Turandot in the Forbidden City of Beijing
  • 1982 Hong xiang
  • 2010 Cinema 3
  • 2009 NHK supesharu
  • 2009 Beijing
  • 2009 Shi jie dian ying zhi lv
  • 2007 Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
  • 2005 The 11th China Movie Awards
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2004 The Culture Show
  • 2002 Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero
  • 2000 The Turandot Project
  • 1996 Primer plano
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1993 Arena
  • 2008 Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián
  • 2007 Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia
  • 2007 Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires
  • 2005 Cinema mil
Self:
  • 2010 Cinema 3
  • 2009 NHK supesharu
  • 2009 Beijing
  • 2009 Shi jie dian ying zhi lv
  • 2007 Secrets Within: Inside Look at 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
  • 2005 The 11th China Movie Awards
  • 2004 'Hero' Defined: A Look at the Epic Masterpiece
  • 2004 The Culture Show
  • 2002 Ying xiong: Cause - The Birth of Hero
  • 2000 The Turandot Project
  • 1996 Primer plano
  • 1995 Lumière et compagnie
  • 1993 Arena
  • 2008 Ceremonia de inauguración - 56º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián
  • 2007 Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia
  • 2007 Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires
  • 2005 Cinema mil

Videos

External links

Biography at Senses of Cinema, by Mary Farquhar
link to: http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/02/zhang.html
«we could say that Zhang Yimou himself is a son of China whose filmmaking gazes at past, present and future through the "son". In this sense, generation and gender are equally important in his films although the visual and often spectacular focus is on his female leads. Gong Li is his most famous sta...» (show all)
Biography at The Foreign Film Web Ring site
link to: http://www.geocities.com/Wellesley/Atrium/1028/zhangyimou.html
«On November 14, 1950, Zhang Yimou was born in the Shaanxi region of China. His family suffered derision and exclusion because of their association with the Kuomintang (Nationalist) Army. His father had been an officer and an elder brother followed the Nationalist forces to Taiwan. As a child, Yimou ...» (show all)
«Zhang Yimou that is not known by media» — interview with Hou Yong
link to: http://www.horschamp.qc.ca/9903/offscreen_columns/yong.html
«Zhang Yimou is a director known for having excellent work relations with his film crew. As he said, "They have a sixth sense on whether the movie is good or not. It happened many times that if they feel like it, it is a good one." Among the new crew members of Zhang Yimou's No one to be missed is ci...» (show all)

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
Curse of the Golden FlowerCurse of the Golden Flower

Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia

writer/director

Year: 2006

Riding Alone For Thousands Of MilesRiding Alone For Thousands Of Miles

Qian Li Zou Dan Qi

writer/director

Year: 2005

House of Flying DaggersHouse of Flying Daggers

Shi Mian Mai Fu

director

Year: 2004

HeroHero

Ying Xiong

director

Year: 2002

Red SorghumRed Sorghum

Hong Gao Liang

/director

Year: 1987




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