Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou

He was born on Nov. 14, 1950, Xi’an, China. He is a famous Chinese film director. He began his film carrer as a cinematographer. He worked for Chen Kaige The Yellow Earth (1983). He helped brought back the essence of the Chinese culture through film as the fifth generation of the Chinese filmmaker. He directed many successful films such as Red Sorghum (1987), Ju Dou (1990), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), The Story of Qiu Ju (1992), To Live (1994), Hero (2002) etc. He also did many stage direction. His recent spectacular stage show was the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Now he is one of the most powerful film directors in China.

As a formal Cinematographer, his film usually has a strong visual impact and often emphasized on the use of color. Many of his works explore the dark side of the China rural area. The female characters in his film always empowered by male, which sometime lead to a misunderstanding of the western people that he is a sexist. However, sexism has always a part of Chinese culture, especially in the rural area. Therefore, he just presented this issue through his films.


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