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8 August 2008 (China) See more »
Coverage of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. | Add synopsis »


Jan Peter Balkenende ... Himself - Dutch Prime Minister
Barbara Bush ... Herself - Former US First Lady

George Bush ... Himself - Former US President

George W. Bush ... Himself - US President

Laura Bush ... Herself - US First Lady
Zhong Chen ... Herself - Torchbearer
Min Gao ... Herself - Torchbearer
Zemin Jiang ... Himself - Former Chinese President
Hu Jintao ... Himself - Chinese President

Henry Kissinger ... Himself - Former US Secretary of State

Lang Lang ... Himself - Piano Player
Ning Li ... Himself - Torchbearer
Xiaoshuang Li ... Himself - Torchbearer
Miaoke Lin ... Herself - Singing Girl in Red
Junichi Miyashita ... Himself
Lee Myung-bak ... Himself - South Korean President

Shimon Peres ... Himself - Israeli President

Princess Anne ... Herself - Princess Royal and IOC Member
Jacques Rogge ... Himself - IOC President
Sophie Schmidt ... Herself - Athlet Canada
Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ... Herself - Thai Princess
Jinfang Sun ... Herself - Torchbearer
Zhengping Sun ... Himself - Host (voice)
Haifeng Xu ... Himself - Torchbearer
Peiyi Yang ... Herself - Singing Girl (singing voice)
Kim Yoon-ok ... Herself - South Korean First Lady
Xugang Zhan ... Himself - Torchbearer
Jun Zhang ... Himself - Torchbearer
Tao Zhou ... Herself - Host (voice)

Directed by
Yimou Zhang (lead director)
Produced by
Jim Anderson .... assistant producer
Jiankang Lu .... producer
Jianping Yu .... technical producer
Production Design by
Jiankang Lu (lead production designer)
Costume Design by
Jiahua Xu (executive costume designer)
Art Department
Guo-Qiang Cai .... art direction supervisor
Mark Fisher .... art director supervisor
Xiaolan Sha .... lights designer
Sound Department
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Andy Chen .... visual effects supervisor
Siu-Tung Ching .... action coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Parr .... camera operator
John Reynolds .... lighting technician (2008)
Carlo Tamburello .... camera team
Music Department
Sarah Brightman .... singer: theme song
Qigang Chen .... musical director
Daniel Deng .... composer: theme music
Lang Lang .... musician
Huan Liu .... singer: theme song
Dun Tan .... music supervisor
Zhiyi Wang .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Orlando Delbert .... graphic artist: titles
Orlando Delbert .... motion design: graphics
Steve Hollander .... stage manager
Chen Weiya .... executive director
Jigang Zhang .... executive director


Additional Details

China:245 min
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The giant scroll was then moved aside to show a fluid array 897 movable type blocks that formed three variations of the character Hé "harmony", representing the third great Chinese invention: the movable type press. The character was shown, consecutively, in bronze inscription, Seal script and KaisScript (Modern Chinese script). Performers in Zhou-era clothing representing the "3000 Disciples of Confucius", carrying bamboo slips, recited excerpts from the Analects: "Isn't it great to have friends coming from afar" and "All men are brothers within the Four Seas." The blocks changed into a small version of the Great Wall, which then sprouted peach blossoms, the Chinese symbol for openness. At the end of the sequence the tops of the movable type blocks came off to reveal 897 performers, who waved vigorously to the crowds, indicating that the individual pieces of type block were not computer controlled and synchronized, but rather the combined efforts of 897 perfectly in-sync performers.See more »


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