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"I hope [that] before I am getting too old and when my mind is still functioning,
I can tell some better stories."

"People in misery is what is most important in art."

"To survive is to win."

— Zhang Yimou

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Zhang Yimou entry at Wikipedia
Zhang Yimou credits [since 1982] at Internet Movie Database

statuette of China's Golden Rooster Award   
statuette of China's Golden Rooster Award   
statuette of China's Golden Rooster Award   
Zhang Yimou won three China Golden Rooster Awards, in 1988, 1999 & 2000

He also received
three Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film:
for "Ju Dou" [1990], for "Raise The Red Lantern" [1991], and for "Hero" [2002]
4 awards at the Berlin Film Festival (1988-2003)
7 awards at the Venice Film Festivasl (1991-1999)
two BAFTA Awards for Best Film Not in English (1993 & 1995)
3 awards at the Cannes Film Festival (1994-1995)
International Filmmaker Award at the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival (2000)
Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival (2001)
2 Kinema Junpo Awards (2001 & 2002)

L i n k s
Zhang Yimou credits [since 1982] at Internet Movie Database
Zhang Yimou entry at Wikipedia
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"One and Eight" [1982] as cinematographer

"Yellow Earth" [1984] as cinematographer
widely considered the inaugural film for the Chinese Fifth Generation directors

"Old Well" [1986] as actor & cinematographer

"The Big Parade" [1986] as cinematographer

"Red Sorghum" [1987] director & actor

"Codename Cougar" [1988] director

"Fight and Love with a Terracotta Warrior" [1989] as actor

"Ju Dou" [1990] Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

"Raise The Red Lantern" [1991]
Directed by Zhang Yimou; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

1992 The Story of Qiu Ju
1994 To Live
1995 Shanghai Triad
1995 Zhang Yimou Segment of the anthology film, Lumire and Company
1997 Keep Cool" [1997] director & actor

"Not One Less" (1999) /tt0209189/
Minzhi Wei (Actor), Huike Zhang (Actor), Zhang Yimou (Director)

1999 The Road Home
2000 Happy Times

Jet Li's "Hero (Yngxing)"
[China Oct 2002, Miramax USA Aug 2004]
poster for Jet Li's 'Hero' 2002 movie by Zhang Yimou  A boy is raised to hate the King of Qin for the genocide of his people; but after he grows up as a master swordsman and is summoned to the palace, he realizes that the unification of China's seven warring states is more important than any tribal vendetta. Co-written, co-produced & directed by Zhang Yimou; starring Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Chen Daoming, Zhang Ziyi & Donnie Yen; film won four Golden Rooster Awards, seven Hong Kong Film Awards (of 14 noms), tied for Best Film at Hundred Flowers Awards, nominated for Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
Miramax Lionsgate widescreen color Blu-ray [4/2011] for $7.99
Miramax widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo [9/2009] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Miramax Lionsgate widescreen color Special Edition DVD [4/2011] for $8.72
Miramax widescreen color DVD [11/2004] for $5.69
full credits at IMDb official movie site movie entry at Wikipedia
The Culture and Politics of 'Hero' book edited by Gary D. & Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley  
"Global Chinese Cinema: The Culture and Politics of Hero" [2010]
Edited by Gary D. Rawnsley & Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley

Kindle Edition from Routledge [8/2011] for $39.96 {sic}
Routledge 9x6 pb [8/2011] for $47.45
Routledge 9¼x6 hardcover [4/2010] for $159.60 {sic}

"House of Flying Daggers" [2004]
"Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles" [2005]
"Curse of The Golden Flower" [2006]

"A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop"
[China Dec 2009, Sony Pictures Classics USA Sept 2010]
aka "A Simple Noodle Story"
Chinese-language poster for "A Simple Noodle Story" movie by Zhang Yimou  Acknowledged remake of Joel & Ethan Coen's "Blood Simple" [1985], set in China's western desert, circa 1800. Directed by Yimou Zhang; starring Honglei Sun, Dahong Ni, Ni Yan, Xiao Shen-Yang & Xiaojuan Wang
DVD/Blu-ray not available credits at IMDb official movie site

"Under The Hawthorn Tree" [2010] /tt1554523/

"The Flowers of War" [Wrekin Hill Ent. Dec 2011]
The Flowers of War 2011 movie Chinese-language poster  Film's working title was "The 13 Women of Nanjing"; already named China's nomination for Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar; the ambitious epic ($90 million budget) period film was financed through producer Zhang Weiping's New Picture Film Company. When an Anglo mortician arrives at a Catholic mission in Nanjing to bury the priest, he discovers teenage convent students and prostitutes of the brothel next door who need protection from the ruthless Japanese who have just taken over the city.
Directed by Zhang Yimou; adapted by Liu Heng from the novel by Geling Yan; starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Paul Schneider, Shigeo Kobayashi
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available full credits at IMDb official movie site

"The Great Wall" [China Dec 2016?, Universal/Legendary USA Feb 2017?]  2/2017
'The Great Wall' 2017 Chinese epic starring Matt Damon & directed by Zhang Yimou  "1700 year to build; 5500 miles long; what were they trying to keep out?"
the Chinese epic film is directed by Zhang Yimou and stars Matt Damon, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Luhan, Zhang Hanyu
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDb movie entry at Wikipedia
watch 7/2016 official trailer [1:26] at YouTube

Other  Works  by  Zhang Yimou

Puccini's opera "Turandot" [1926]
directed in 1998 by Zhang Yimou; conducted by Zubin Mehta; performed in Florence, Italy
and at the Forbidden City, Beijing opera entry at Wikipedia

"Raise the Red Lantern: The Ballet" [2001]
adapted for the stage & directed by Zhang Yimou, based on his 1991 film

"The First Emperor" opera [2006]
written by Tan Dun & Ha Jin, directed by Zhang Yimou; premiered at the Metropolitan Opera
in New York City on 21 December 2006 opera entry at Wikipedia

"Impressions of The West Lake" opera? [2007]
conceived & directed by Zhang Yimou; music composed by Kitaro; premiered at the West Lake Culture
Square in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China; original soundtrack album nominated for a Grammy Award
Impressions of The West Lake  
Domo Records soundtrack CD [4/2009]
10 tracks for $14.98

Works  About  Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou: Interviews book edited by Frances Gateward  "Zhang Yimou: Interviews" [2001]
Edited by Frances Gateward

Univ Press MS 9x6 pb [6/2001] for $22.00
Univ Press MS 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/2001] for $50.00
Success Stories Chinese documentary 3-pack  "Success Stories" documentary 3-pack [R.T.H.K. 2003]
three hour-long Chinese documentary TV shows about opera singer Pak Suet Sin,
writer Louis Cha Leung-yung, and film director Zhang Yimou
R.T.H.K. all regions widescreen color DVD [2007] import/used
not listed at IMDb

"Zhang Yimou" [2009] by Wei Long & Ke Bei /7802202183/

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