Zhang Yimou

Director, Director of photography, Songwriter
One of the most acclaimed Chinese filmmakers of the late 20th century, award-winning director Zhang Yimou produced a series of intensely moving period dramas about the political and emotional inequalities suffered by ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1951 in China

Filmography

Director (24)

Coming Home 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Lady of the Dynasty 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Amazing Tales: Three Guns 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Flowers of War 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Under the Hawthorn Tree 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("En Regardant Le Film"/"Movie Night") (Director)

Curse of the Golden Flower 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

House of Flying Daggers 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy Times 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Road Home 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Not One Less 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Keep Cool 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Shanghai Triad 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

To Live 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Painter 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

The Story of Qiu Ju 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Raise the Red Lantern 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Ju Dou 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Operation Cougar 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Sorghum 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Curse of the Golden Flower 2006 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 2006 (Movie)

(Story By)

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

House of Flying Daggers 2004 (Movie)

(Story By)

House of Flying Daggers 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

Trespassing Bergman 2015 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Flowers of War 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Turandot Project 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep Cool 1996 (Movie)

The Peddler (Actor)

The Terra-Cotta Warrior 1989 (Movie)

Mong (Actor)

Old Well 1986 (Movie)

Sun Wangquan (Actor)
Producer (5)

Hero 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

House of Flying Daggers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dragon Town Story 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Conqueror's Concubine 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

The Big Parade 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Yellow Earth 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Biography

One of the most acclaimed Chinese filmmakers of the late 20th century, award-winning director Zhang Yimou produced a series of intensely moving period dramas about the political and emotional inequalities suffered by women in Chinese history, including "Ju Do" (1990), "Raise the Red Lantern" (1992) and "To Live" (1994) before scoring international hits with the martial arts thrillers "Hero" (2002) and "House of Flying Daggers" (2004). Part of China's acclaimed "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers, whose work flew in the face of government control over how movies were made, Zhang emerged as the most successful of the group, thanks to his early dramas which all featured the sensuous actress Gong Li as their long-suffering but resolute heroines. After a brief fallow period in the late 1990s, Zhang emerged again with "Hero," a lavishly expensive historical epic with martial arts star Jet Li in its lead. Its phenomenal success allowed Zhang to move between major efforts like "House of Flying Daggers" and "Curse of the Golden Flower" (2006) and smaller fare like "A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop" (2009), a screwball adaptation of "Blood Simple" (1984). "The Flowers of War" (2011) marked his return to grand scale filmmaking, as well as his commitment to telling honest stories about the lives of people under oppression, both from their circumstances and from within their hearts.

Relationships

Gong Li Actor

Companion
starred in Zhang's "Red Sorghum", "Ju Dou", "Raise the Red Lantern" and "The Story of Qiu Ju" no longer together

EDUCATION

Beijing Film Academy

Beijing 1978 - 1988

Milestones

2006

Directed Gong Li in the historical drama, "Curse of the Golden Flower"; also scripted

2004

Directed Ziyi Zhang in "House of Flying Daggers"

2002

Directed "Hero",starring Jet Li and Maggie Cheung; received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

2001

"The Road Home", a drama about a woman recalling her courtship with her now deceased husband, screened at Sundance

1999

Earned critical praise for "Not One Less", a look at contemporary China as seen through the story of a young schoolteacher and an unruly student; screened at Venice; set to be released theatrically in the USA in 2000

1997

Helmed the comedy "Keep Cool"

1997

Debut as opera director with production of "Turandot" at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy; reportedly the first Chinese director of an Italian opera production

1994

Won award at Cannes for "To Live"

1991

Directed the internationally acclaimed "Raise the Red Latern"

1987

Feature film directing debut, "Red Sorghum"

1985

Transferred to the pioneering Xi'an Film Studio

1982

Debut as feature cinematographer, "One and Eight"

1982

Assigned to work in the Guangxi Film Studio

1966

Due to the Cultural Revolution, studies suspended and sent to work in the countryside, first on farms in Shanxi province and later as a laborer in a spinning mill

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