Zhang Yimou was born in 1950 in the Chinese provincial capital city
Xian (Shaanxi province). After completing his school education he joined
a project to live and work with farmers between the years 1968 and 1971.
Thereafter he worked as a laborer at the 8th textile factory in Xian.
He then commenced his studies at the Film Academy in Beijing. Mr. Yimou
has worked since 1982 as an actor, cameraman, and in particular, as
director at the Guangxi Film Studios.
from his long list of awards:
RED SORGHUM: "Hundred Flowers" Prize for Best Film in China. "Golden
Bear" Prize at the 38th International Film Festival of Berlin. Prize
for Best Film, Best Director, Originality and Artistic Achievements
at the 5th International Film Festival of Sydney, Australia.
JU DOU: Special Prize at the 43rd Cannes International Film Festival.
Golden Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival. Nomination
for the 63rd American Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Film.
RAISE THE RED LANTERN: "Silver Lion" Prize and Grand Prize of the World
Film Critics Association at the 44th Venice International Film Festival
in Italy. Nomination for the 64th American Academy Award (Oscar) for
Best Foreign Film. British Oscar Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
LIVING: Prize for the best foreign film by the American Film Critics
Society. British Oscar Award for Best Foreign Film. Nomination for the
American "Golden Globe" Award for Best Non-English Film. Grand Prize
of the Jury, the Prize for Best Actor (Ge You) and the Prize of Humanitarianism
at the 47th Cannes International Film Festival in France.
SHANGHAI TRIAD: Oscar Nomination for Best Camera (Lu Le). Prize for
Best Non-English Film of the All American Film Critics Association.
No.1 of the Top Ten Films of the World in 1995 chosen by the Film Magazine
of New York.
was Zhang Yimou's first venture into the world of opera. His production
of the work at the Teatro Comunale in Florence in 1997 (also with Zubin
Mehta) caused a sensation. This production formed the basis for the
unique Turandot in Beijing, though sets, costumes and staging
were adapted for the outdoor performances at the Forbidden City.