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Zhang Yimou


Zhang Yimou, born on April 2, 1950 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, is a Chinese film director. He is counted amongst the “Fifth Generation of Chinese Filmmakers”. He is the honorary doctorate of the Boston University and Yale University.

From 1968 to 1971, he was sent to work in villages in the Qianxian County in Shaanxi Province after graduating from the middle school. From 1971 to 1978, he worked in the Eighth Cotton Textile Mill in Xianyang City. In 1978, he was approved to study in the Cinematography Department of Beijing Film Academy. In 1982, he was sent to work for the Guangxi Film Studio after graduation. In 1984, he worked as the cinematographer for the film One and Eight for the first time, and was awarded the Chinese Excellent Cinematographer Award. In 1986, he was awarded three important prizes due to his first film the Old Well. The Red Sorghum, the first film directed by Zhang in 1987, won the Golden Bear at the international film festival – the first one won by a Chinese. Since then, Zhang had shifted his identity from cinematographer, to actor, and then to director.

Zhang had won numerous awards and recognitions, and was nominated as candidates for the Oscar Award and Golden Ball Award for three times and five times respectively for the films he directed from 1987 to 1999, including the Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, The Story of Qiu Ju, To Live, Not One Less, and The Road Home. Since 2002, Zhang started to direct commercial films. His Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, and The Flowers of War have broken the Chinesebox office record two times and won the champion of annual box office among Chinese films for four times.

Zhang Yimou served as the chairman of the jury at the 18th Tokyo International Film Festival and the chairman of the jury at the 64th Venice International Film Festival. Zhang Yimou directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In 2008, he was awarded the You Bring Charm to the World Award, elected as one of the Top 10 Figures of Touching China organized by CCTV, and was a runner-up for the Person of the Year awardof the Timemagazine.

In 2013, Zhang directed the film Coming Home. In 2014, Zhang served as the chief director of the promotion video for Beijing applying for hosting the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

In 2015, Zhang began to raise fund to direct a Hollywood film The Great Wall. In 2016, Zhang served as the chief director of the performance at Hangzhou G20 Summit.

Shooting of Zhang Yimous The Great Wall Started in Qingdao in April 2015

A message from On December 24, 2014, the action and fantasy film, The Great Wall, to be directed by Zhang Yimou was approved by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the Peoples Republic of China. In addition, according to the Official Weibo of Zhang Yimou Tieba, the film is to be shoot in Qingdao Lingshan Bay Film and Television Art Industry Area in April 2015.

According to the Weibo, The Great Wall invested by Legendary Pictures with an investment of 135 million dollars and released by Universal Picture will be shoot in Qingdao Lingshan Bay Film and Television Art Industry Area. At the end of January of the next year, a temporary location filming base will be built for the film, and the film will start to be shoot in April 2015. However, there is still no clear message about the cast of characters.

The Great Wall is the first film under cooperation between Zhang Yimou and the Hollywood. It is co-produced by China Film, Co., Ltd., Legendary Pictures, LEVP (Beijing) Co., Ltd., and Legendary East Ltd. As reported, The Great Wall is an epic film, in which a European mercenary William comes to China during the Song Dynasty to search for black powder. He encounters the Great Wall of China and meets Chinese soldiers, under the lead of a female general named Lin Mei. William decides to defend together with the soldiers against the monsters to protect the human beings.

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