Zhang Yimou Biography

The Great Wall 3D

The Great Wall 3D

Score: 10 / 10
Released: February 17, 2017
Director: Zhang Yimou
Producer: Charles Roven, Peter Loehr, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Will Areu, Junkai Wang, Zheng Kai, Cheney Chen, Xuan Huang, Andy Lau
Genre: Action/Adventure
Length: 104 minutes
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Zhang Yimou Biography


Date of Birth: November 14, 1950

Born in China, Zhang Yimou studied cinematography at the Bejing Film Academy. He became a leading member of China's Fifth Generation Filmmakers, the first group to graduate following the turbulent Cultural Revolution. He began his career as an actor, winning the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for his film debut in Old Well (1986) and starring in his directorial debut, Red Sorghum (1987), which won the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

Yimou became the first Chinese filmmaker to receive Motion Picture Academy recognition, with Academy Award nominations in the Foreign Film category for Ju Dou in 1990 and for Raise the Red Lantern in 1991. He has won awards and honors around the world, including the Silver Lion and the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in consecutive years for Raise the Red Lantern (1991) and The Story of Qui Ju (1992); the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for To Love (1994) and another Golden Lion for Not One Less (1999) as well as a Silver Bear from the Berlin International Film Festival for The Road Home (1999).

Zhang expanded his horizons in 1997 when he directed the Puccini opera Turando in Florence, Italy with acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta, then restaging it in 1998 in Beijing's Forbidden City.

More recently, he directed Jet Li in Hero (2004), which was nominated in 2003 for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and the Golden Globe awards. Filmed in the Mandarin language in China, the movie has played around the world.

For his work in House of Flying Daggers (2004), Yimou received much critical acclaim, winning Best Director from the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2005 he won a Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild.


Curse of the Golden Flower(2006)
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles(2006)
House of Flying Daggers(2004)
Hero (2004)
Happy Times(2002)
The Road Home(2001)
Not One Less(1999)
Keep Cool (1997)
Lumière and Company (1995)
Shanghai Triad (1995)
Lifetimes (1994)
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
Raise the Red Lantern (1992)
Ju Dou (1990)
Codename Cougar (1989)
Red Sorghum (1987)


Director Shadow (2018)
Director The Great Wall 3D (2017)
Director The Great Wall (2017)
Director Coming Home (2015) (2015)
Director The Flowers of War (2012)
Director To Live (2010)
Director Hero (2004) (2004)
Producer Hero (2004) (2004)
Director Happy Times (2002)
Director The Road Home (2001)
Director The Road Home (2001)
Director Not One Less (2000)