Yimou Zhang

  • Birth Name: ???
  • Birth Place: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer
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  • Made his directorial debut in 1987 with the award-winning war drama Red Sorghum.
  • His female-empowerment tales Ju Dou (1990) and Raise the Red Lantern (1991) were temporarily banned in China, until he agreed to direct the Communist Party-approved The Story of Qiu Ju (1992).
  • Several of his movies have been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscars, including Ju Dou, Lantern and Hero (2002).
  • Became the first Chinese director of an Italian opera in 1997, when he oversaw a production of Turandot at Florence's Teatro Comunale.
  • Chosen by the Chinese government to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Awards

  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Winner
  • 1993, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2001, Sundance Film Festival — Audience Award: World Cinema: Winner
  • 2000, Berlin Film Festival — Jury Grand Prix - Silver Bear: Winner
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film not in the English Language: Nominee
  • 1992, Venice Film Festival — Best Film: Winner
  • 2003, Berlin Film Festival — Alfred Bauer Prize: Winner
  • 1991, Venice Film Festival — Best Direction: Winner
  • 1999, Venice Film Festival — Best Film: Winner
  • 1994, Cannes Film Festival — French National Education Administration Prize: Winner
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1988, Berlin Film Festival — Golden Bear: Winner

Relationships

  • Hua Xiao — Ex-wife
  • Ting Chen — Wife
  • Li Gong — Ex-significant Other

College

  • Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, China (1982)

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