Yimou Zhang


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Yimou Zhang was born on November 14, 1951 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a director and producer, known for Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004) and Curse of the Golden Flower (2006). He has been married to Ting Chen since December 2011. They have three children. He was previously married to Hua Xiao and Hua Xie. See full bio »

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Curse of the Golden Flower
Sat, May 08 8:53 AM PDT on STZCI (585)
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Mon, May 10 5:15 AM PDT on HBO2 (519)

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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 147 wins & 122 nominations. See more awards »

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Hero Director
(2002)
(2004)
(1991)

Filmography

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 2021 Impasse
 2020 One Second
 2018 Shadow
 2016/I The Great Wall
 2015 Lady of the Dynasty (co-director)
 2014 Stories Through 180 Lenses (Documentary short)
 2014 Coming Home
 2011 Zhong Guo tie lu (TV Short documentary)
  Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode, 2008) (lead director - 1 episode, 2008)
- Closing Ceremony (2008)
- Beijing 2008 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony (2008) ... (lead director)
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "En Regardant le Film")
 2004 Making of House of Flying Daggers (Documentary short)
 2002 Hero
 2000 Happy Times
 1999 The Road Home
 1999 Not One Less
 1997 VeggieTales: The Toy That Saved Christmas! (Video short) (live action)
 1997 Keep Cool
 1995 Lumière and Company (Documentary)
 1994 To Live
 1994 A Soul Haunted by Painting (supervising director)
 1990 Ju Dou
 1988 Red Sorghum
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Agricultural worker. (1971-1978) Worked in a textile plant in Shaanxi.

Publicity Listings:

5 Interviews | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Zhang Yimou | Yi-Mou Zhang
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Personal Quote:

[on Akira Kurosawa] Other filmmakers have more money, more advanced techniques, more special effects. Yet no one has surpassed him. See more »

Trivia:

He was fined $1.2 million for having 3 kids, which violated China's family-planning laws at the time. Two years later, the family planning law was repealed and people are no longer fined. See more »

Trademark:

His films, often explore the dark side of life in Chinese rural communities. See more »

Nickname:

Lao MouZi, loosely meaning "old schemer/strategist"

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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